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Where to Stay on the Quilotoa Loop | Ecuador

Where to Stay on the Quilotoa Loop

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The Quilotoa Loop makes for a perfect introduction to trekking in South America. Long days of walking through some spectacular Andean landscapes while still having a hammock, a heavy blanket, and a home-cooked meal at the end of the day. Doesn’t sound so bad, does it?

And not only are there lots of hotels and hostels on Quilotoa Loop – a few of them actually are some of the nicest places to stay in all of South America. Not for luxury, but for warm hospitality and views. Tiny towns you might have missed on a bus passing through.

Planning a trek on The Quilotoa Loop? Below, you’ll find details on where to stay with photos from the best hostels and hotels in Sigchos, Isinliví, Chugchilán, and Quilotoa.

Hiking Guides

Sigchos | Hosteria San Jose de Sigchos

Sigchos is about as middle-of-nowhere as it gets, but with lovely suites and verdant surrounds, Hosteria San Jose de Sigchos makes for a comfy night before beginning your Quilotoa Loop trek. Private rooms start from $87.

Photo from Hosteria San Jose de Sigchos

Other Hotels in Sigchos: Starlight Inn (Double rooms start from $18)

Isinliví | Hostal Taita Cristobal

Hostal Taita Cristobal is one of my favorite hotels ever. With gorgeous views of the valley, friendly staff, lots of pets, and delicious homemade food, we stayed at Hostel Taita Cristobal longer than we expected (and even then found it really hard to leave). Double rooms from $34.

Hotels in Isinlivi - Hostal Taita Cristobal
Hotels in Isinlivi - Hostal Taita Cristobal

Isinliví | Llullu Llama Mountain Lodge

Just next door is Llullu Llama Mountain Lodge, an eco property with similarly excellent views and a cool backpacker crowd to go with it. Double rooms start from $53.

Hotels in Insinlivi - Llullu Llama Mountain Lodge
Photo from Llulu Llama Mountain Lodge

Chugchilán | Hostal el Vaquero

Hostal el Vaquero is a comfy bed and breakfast on the edge of Chugchilán where you can wind down and enjoy some quiet after a long day of trekking. Double rooms from $43.

Hostels in Chugchilan - Hostal El Vaquero
Hotels in Chugchilan - Hostal El Vaquero

Chugchilán | Hostal Cloud Forest

Also in Chugchilán is the eclectic Hostal Cloud Forest. It has excellent food and plenty of outdoor hammocks, and it’s one of the more social hostels if you’re looking to make some hiking buddies. Quadruple rooms start from $34.

Hotels in Chugchilan - Cloud Forest
Hotels in Chugchilan - Hostal Cloud Forest

Chugchilán | The Black Sheep Inn

The Black Sheep Inn is a 3-star eco-lodge in Chugchilán, and hands down the most comfortable hotel on the Quilotoa Loop. It can get chilly at 3,169 meters, so each private room comes with woodstove fireplaces and an actually hot shower where you can warm up after a long day of hiking. Private rooms from $50.

Photo from The Black Sheep Inn

Chugchilán | Mama Hilda

Hosteria Mama Hilda is an upscale hotel in Chugchilán where you can stay in any of 5 types of cabins. The property was modeled off of a small city, which just goes to say they have a restaurant, bar, library, and gardens on site. Mama Hilda is where you ought to stay if you’re looking for a place with a warm community feeling, but a nicer standard of accommodation than the other hostels in Chugchilán. Private rooms from $53.

Photo by Mama Hilda

Quilotoa | Lodge Runa Wasi

After the hospitality of Isinliví and Chugchilan, the hostels in Quilotoa leave much to be desired. Lodge Runa Wasi is one of the better places in Quilotoa. They have cozy rooms with a private bathroom & fireplace (and really great dogs!) but the food and hospitality were just alright. Private rooms from $56.

Hotels in Quilotoa

Other Hotels in Quilotoa: Hosteria Alpaka Quilotoa (Dorm rooms from $17

Laguna Quilotoa

Did you find this post on where to stay on the Quilotoa Loop helpful? Have any other questions about hotels and hostels on the Quilotoa Loop? Ask us about it in the comments below!


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