TRAVEL INFORMATION FOR THOSE USING PUBLIC TRANSPORT
Toacaso: Walk to the end of the dirt road, stay on this side of the road, take a white and green pick up truck to Toacaso, Cost 0.50 cents, the pick up trucks run every few minutes from 6 am to 7 pm
Lasso: Walk to the end of the dirt road, cross over the road, take a white and green pick up truck to Lasso, Cost 0.50 cents, the pick up trucks run every few minutes from 6 am to 7 pm
Latacunga: Follow the directions as to Lasso, then take a bus from under the pedestrian bridge (Tanicuchi, Pastocalle, Lasso bus company, costs 0.60 cents) To Latacunga. buses run frecuently from early till 7 pm
Another way to travel to Latacunga is via Toacaso, walk to the end of the road, do not cross over, and wait for a white and green pick up truck, when you arrive in Toacaso, take a bus to Latacunga, this goes via Cuicuno and Saquisili. Longer but more pictoresque. You can do the same to return.
Quito: Follow the directions as Lasso, then cross over the pedestrian bridge to the other side of the panam highway, then take a bus to Quito the bus terminal is called Quitumbe, costs 1.50 USD, buses run every 3 minutes. These buses also go past the Cotopaxi NP and Boliche entrances.
Quilotoa Lagoon: Follow the directions as Lasso, then follow the directions to Latacunga, once you are inside the bus terminal at Latacunga, look for the Vivero window, buses run 6, 730, 8, 10, 11 and return from Quilotoa at 1345,1445,1530, 1615, LAST BUS 17h Costs 2 USD pp
Tilipulo: Follow the directions as Lasso, take any bus that say AMBATO and get off at Tilipulo. The bus will drop you off on the PanAm highway, there is a 5 minute walk to the entrance.
Southbound travellers: Follow the directions as Lasso, take any bus that says your destination, or Ambato and change in Ambato bus terminal.
GPS COORDINATES for sights of interest and local towns
Quinta Los Duendes 0°45'22.2"S 78°39'33.2"W
Entrance to El Boliche Reserve 0°37'42.1"S 78°35'45.0"W
Entrance to Cotopaxi NP and Rumiñahui Volcano 0°41'57.9"S 78°35'19.8"W For those using public transport you can hire a pickup truck for the tour to the park from here. Or give us a call for a recommended official driver/guide
Quilotoa Village and Lagoon 0.8583° S, 78.9034° W Start or ending point of the 3 day Quilotoa Loop
Toachi Canyon 0°55'43.0"S 78°54'21.7"W The start of a deep canyon with superb views
Zumbahua 0.9590° S, 78.9005° W Indigenous market on Sundays
Sigchos 0.6988° S, 78.8862° W Start or ending point of the 3 day Quilotoa Loop
Chugchilan 0.7995° S, 78.9205° W Mid point of the 3 day Quilotoa Loop
Pujili 0.9583° S, 78.6966° W Indigenous market on Sundays, restaurants, small shops, etc.
Latacunga 0.9316° S, 78.6058° W Plenty of restaurants, shopping, and colonial churches. Bus terminal for those using public transport wanting to visit Quilotoa Lagoon. Large supermarket inside La Malteria Plaza Mall
Tilipulo 0°53'43.6"S 78°39'28.6"W Old colonial church and hacienda with interesing history
Saquisili 0.8226° S, 78.6682° W Superb indigenous market on Thursday, from early until lunchtime, lots of restaurants and also frequent buses to Latacunga
Cuicuno Sanctuary 0°48'12.2"S 78°40'07.7"W An old historic church called El Señor del Arbol, easy to get to with buses from Toacaso, these buses also go to Saquisili
Lasso 0°45'17.0"S 78°36'35.7"W This is where you pick up buses to the majority of the country. Two small Supermarkets and restaurants, with a small health center.
Pastocalle 0.7276° S, 78.6347° W Great little fish restaurant on Saturdays and Sundays, close to the corner of the main square
Toacaso 0°45'25.2"S 78°41'03.6"W Small town with restaurants and small shops.
Tanicuchi 0°46'45.2"S 78°38'14.6"W Great diary in the small town, milk, butter, cheese, etc, all produced locally. Called Tanilact.