Isinliví is a small village on the Quilotoa Loop in Ecuador.
Isinlivi is a small picturesque town in the central highlands of Ecuador. It is one of the towns associated with the Quilotoa Loop and the Quilotoa Traverse. It can be used as a start or end point to the Quilotoa Loop or the Traverse, or an overnight stopover. There are two daily busses to and from Latacunga. The last part of the road, connecting Sigchos and Isinlivi is a bumpy dirt road, but the fearless busdriver knows his business.
A fine carpentry workshop is located on the western end of the village. Most of the furniture in the hostels and around town were produced here. You may watch them at work and also find a small exposition of their work.
- Great dayhikes. Hiking maps are provided in the hostels.
- Overlook the village from the mirador on the western end of the village.
- Small store across the school sells salchipapa, sweets, ice-cream. Entrance is a nicely cut bush.
- Small store associated with the Hostal Taita Cristobal selling basic groceries, water, and snacks.
- Souvenir shop across the llullu llama hostel sells local soaps and other things. Open from 4pm to 6pm.
- Hostal Taita Cristobal. A new (2012) cozy budget hostel catering to backpackers and other travellers. Rooms are clean and comfortable. The owners are friendly and helpful. Bed is 15$ pp, and includes breakfast and dinner. The food is delicious. edit
- Llullu Llama Hostal. Lovely hostel with calm, but convivial atmosphere. Dry your shoes at the fireplace, while enjoying the spa area with sauna, Turkish bath and whirlpool (9$ pp). The helpful crew provides good hiking descriptions for day hikes and your way on the Quilotoa traverse. Bed is $20 pp, including delicious 3-course dinner and breakfast. Very nice and new Cabañas with own fireplace and views around the valley are 40$ per Person. edit
- Busses to Latacunga leave Isinliví unfreaquently. Ask in the hostel for estimated times of departure.
- To Sigchos hike 3-4 hours. Busses to Latacunga leave here more often.
- To Chugchilan hike 4-6 hours. Stay there overnight to finish the traverse to Quilotoa Lake in another 4-6 hours.
- To Quilotoa there is a more direct way passing by the village of Malingua Pamba. Takes about 8-10 exhausing hours of hiking.
Paths are often unmarked so make sure to have a hiking description before departure. Hostels in Latacunga and on the traverse offer good descriptions.
Always carry enough food and water for the hikes, as you will not find any kiosk/store in between these villages.