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Cuicocha, Cotacachi

Must see · Water Body · Nature / Park
Densely forested mounds and volcanoes rise out of scenic Cuicocha, lending it a serene atmosphere. Many hiking trails and nature spots surround the hazy blue lake and provide ample viewing opportunities of the surrounding scenery, colorful wildflowers, and local bird population. The trails are best traveled clockwise, as the opposite direction is largely uphill. Make Cuicocha a centerpiece of your Cotacachi vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Cotacachi trip planner.
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  • Beautiful Cuicocha Lake 40 minutes from Ibarra, located in Cotacachi, a small town full of color, clothes and handcrafted crafts. Its climate is warm but it is always good to wear a sweater to break....  more »
  • the cuicocha lake is a beutiful place for your family vist! this place is located i cotacachi coty, every year turist visit this pace because is a place nice because thera are two mountains in venter....  more »
  • Ibarra has many very beautiful places and the Cuicocha Lagoon is one of them that of course is really pretty, serene and cheap. I was there for the new year and I can enjoy traveling by boat, in a...  more »
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  • Beautiful, peaceful, must see
  • About one hour drive Northwest of the town of Otavalo, is Cuicocha caldera and crater lake. It is nearly 3km across and sits at the foot of Cotacachi Volcano in the Ecuadorian Andes. At the center of the lake sits two small islands. The bottomless blue water lake does not have any fish due to the volcanic gasses. The boat tour was great and informative.
  • Beautiful
  • Great place, great scenery!
  • Perfect for hiking! 12km around the lake. About 500m ascent. The trail is well maintained and clean.

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