Laguna Quilotoa is a water filled volcanic crater located in the backcountry of the Cotopaxi province of Ecuador. To get to it, you must travel all or some portion of the Quitoloa Loop, a ring of small towns and villages populated mostly by Ecuador’s indigenous people with their centuries old way of life. Bus travel is infrequent in many portions of the loop so it takes some planning to get around. We began by traveling from Banos to Latacunga, which is sort of a gateway to the Quilotoa Loop. We spent one night at Hostel Tiana in Latacunga and then put what we would need to take with us in our backpack and stored our luggage at the hostel.