Everyone we spoke to on the loop was talking about this beautiful volcanic crater called Quilotoa. It’s about 13,000 ft in the Andes and is usually blanketed in dense, bright white clouds during this time of year. Most people we talked to about it usually told us they had terrible visibility, but we decided to try it out anyway.
When we got to the little town of Quilotoa, which survives mainly off of tourism from the crater, we dropped our bags at the Hostel Pacha Mama (the first room we looked at) and started walking around town.
Without any agenda or expectations we started wandering down the side of a hill that was carved into the mountain (sort of like a long hallway) When we turned the corner, the mountain’s walls disappeared and we were hit when a perfect view of the crystal clear volcanic lake. We both stopped in our tracks and didn’t say anything for a few seconds, it was completely breathtaking. We both reached for our cameras, but they were somehow both dead.
Realizing how lucky we were to find the crater on such a clear day, we walked back to the Pacha Mama to charge our phones. Seeing the clouds rolling in, we rushed back to the crater and proceeded to have a photo shoot the whole hike down.