Tagged: Latacunga

In search of an authentic rural market at Saquisili

Contrasting two of Ecuador’s rural weekly markets: A grand market at Otavalo and a smaller market at Saquisili. What’s the test for authenticity? Join me as I examine some clues from Saquisili market that may help answer the question.

The curious case of collapsing volcanic craters

Hiking to Quilotoa’s spectacular emerald green volcanic caldera lake

Village hopping in the Quilotoa loop

Quilotoa loop is a circular route that explores remote villages, mountains and river canyons to the west of Latacunga, with Lake Quilota as its principal attraction. Starting from the small town of Latacunga, I headed north-west to a village called Isinlivi on the first day. On the second day, along with some random travellers, I hiked from Isinlivi to Chugchilan and continued onwards to Quilotoa lake. After trekking around it on the third day, in what was one of the most beautiful treks I ever did, we returned back to Latacunga at the back of a pickup truck