Quilotoa Loop Packing List

The 3-day Quilotoa Loop trek is a short yet powerful journey which weaves through the spine of the Andean Mountain range in Ecuador. It is undoubtedly one of the best ways to appreciate the undulating beauty of the highlands, experience rural landscapes, see simple towns, and take on a physical challenge. Click the following link to learn more about how you can pursue outdoor adventure and transformative travel: www.thepetiteadventurer.com

The Quilotoa loop is a stupendous way to appreciate the highlands of Ecuador in the Andes Mountains. I’m a big fan of experiencing nature and rural areas when traveling because it adds a special layer of connecting with a new place. Going directly into a city and planting yourself there would be like eating just the toppings on a cake without having a slice– every layer contributes to the overall taste. If you’re interested in learning more about seeing one of the most exquisite crater lakes in South America, check out my comprehensive Quilotoa loop guide on this 3-day trek. It is a wonderful journey for new and experienced trekkers, can be completely self-guided, and the views are stunning.

The 3-day Quilotoa Loop trek is a short yet powerful journey which weaves through the spine of the Andean Mountain range in Ecuador. It is undoubtedly one of the best ways to appreciate the undulating beauty of the highlands, experience rural landscapes, see simple towns, and take on a physical challenge. Click the following link to learn more about how you can pursue outdoor adventure and transformative travel: www.thepetiteadventurer.com
The Quilotoa crater lake was formed by the collapse of the volcano. The enchanting turquoise shade of the water comes from dissolved minerals.

My packing list is not for the minimalist trekker. It is for the type of adventurer who would like to be thoughtfully equipped for any situation. I’ve noted certain items as optional, with the intention that these items could make the overall experience more enjoyable. Ideally, you’ll want to keep your pack as light as possible– less than 10 lbs (or 4.5 kg) is a good place to be. This is particularly important if you are a beginner trekker. After some time, every ounce of weight on your back begins to feel like a ton of bricks! Remember that you may not end up using everything (first aid, safety whistles, GPS, etc.) but in those rare instances, they may also save your life and you’ll be thankful you brought it.

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Travel Necessities

  • Printed Quilotoa Loop trekking guide (if possible) or phone screenshot
  • Travel insurance
  • Enough cash for all accommodations and snacks (US Dollar)

Electronics

Clothing

Keep in mind that you should be packing mostly athletic, lightweight, synthetic clothing that wicks moisture quickly.

The 3-day Quilotoa Loop trek is a short yet powerful journey which weaves through the spine of the Andean Mountain range in Ecuador. It is undoubtedly one of the best ways to appreciate the undulating beauty of the highlands, experience rural landscapes, see simple towns, and take on a physical challenge. Click the following link to learn more about how you can pursue outdoor adventure and transformative travel: www.thepetiteadventurer.com
I truly enjoyed having the opportunity to see daily life going on around me in Ecuador’s highlands.

Trekking Gear

Toiletries (travel-friendly)

If you have any other questions about packing for the Quilotoa Loop, feel free to drop a line in the comments below.

The 3-day Quilotoa Loop trek is a short yet powerful journey which weaves through the spine of the Andean Mountain range in Ecuador. It is undoubtedly one of the best ways to appreciate the undulating beauty of the highlands, experience rural landscapes, see simple towns, and take on a physical challenge. Click the following link to learn more about how you can pursue outdoor adventure and transformative travel: www.thepetiteadventurer.com
Every trek has its own type of trail marker. The Quilotoa loop has all sorts of signs, ranging from spray painted rocks, llama images, wooden signs, to red and yellow posts such as this.

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The 3-day Quilotoa Loop trek is a short yet powerful journey which weaves through the spine of the Andean Mountain range in Ecuador. It is undoubtedly one of the best ways to appreciate the undulating beauty of the highlands, experience rural landscapes, see simple towns, and take on a physical challenge. Click the following link to learn more about how you can pursue outdoor adventure and transformative travel: www.thepetiteadventurer.com

 

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