I had read about the Quilatoa Loop in my Ecuador and Galapagos Lonely Planet book which I used to plan most of my trip. I saw a photo of the Quilatoa Crater and I was dead set on visiting it.

Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second's encounter with God and with eternity. - Paulo Coelho