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Isinliví is a small village high up in the Andean mountains of Ecuador. Its one of the towns on the multiple day Quilotoa Loop, a hiking trail popular for its splendid vistas and remote nature.


Get in[edit]

Yes, this village is quite remote, but getting in is fairly easy. Most visitors who take the effort to come here are hikers. Some hike all the way here, as part of the Quilotoa Loop or just to enjoy some of the fine scenery surrounding the village.

There are usually 2 daily bus lines from Latacunga to Isinliví. One is operated by Vivero (usually leaving around 1pm, but at 11am on Saturdays), and one operated by 14 de Octubre. If you rent a private vehicle to get to the village, count on at least $50 from Latacunga or $100 from Quito.

If you're coming from Latacunga bus and would like to hike the last part, ask the driver to let you out at the Guingopana Pass, from where it's a scenic 3 hour trek to the village.

Get around[edit]


The one thing to see here, is excellent mountainous landscapes and nature all around.


If you're not hiking, you'll most likely find yourself relaxing with coffee in one of the hostel's hammocks.

If you want to get out and about but your legs need a day's rest, you could opt for a horse ride. The hostel can make arrangements, but it's best to call ahead.





  • Hostal Llullu Llama, +593 992580562. Laid-back hostel with friendly service and good rooms. They can offer horse tours or can arrange for your luggage to be brought to the next town on your hiking trail. Prices include breakfast and a 3-course dinner. $18 for a dorm bed, $42 for a double room, $25 for single use of a double room.
  • [dead link] Hostal Taita Cristobal. Nice hostel with a very friendly owner. Prices include breakfast and dinner. You can buy a lunch packet for $3. $15 per person.


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