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Laguna Quilotoa, Cotopaxi Province

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Admire the deep color of Laguna Quilotoa, a water-filled caldera and volcano in the Ecuadorian Andes. Travel by bus or truck to the small town of Quilotoa to see the impressive 3 km (2 mi)-wide crater lake with a turquoise coloration, the result of dissolved minerals. Last erupting in 1280, the volcano offers plentiful walking routes, including a 4-5 hour hike around its entire circumference, recommended only for walkers with some degree of experience on rocky, changing terrain. Guides and mules can be hired in village, which offers a good range of places to eat. Laguna Quilotoa is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our custom trip planner, Quilotoa Edition.
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  • An of my reasons to visit Ecuador was the Quilotoa. This lagoon me caught already since it saw by Internet and with absolute sincerity, not me has disappointed, is beautiful and had the luck even of bathing me in it, the water is frozen but was an experience incredible. The ride down is made easy and up must be sweating a little truth, but kindly do not recommend to use one of the horses or armadillos to what to upload, see them sweat and suffer is something shocking
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  • This attractive natural is one of them more cute of the Ecuador, from Quito if going in auto you takes some three hours, if is your first time make sure of go via Pujilí since the road is best and more short, we went via Sigchos that you takes more time and the road has some parts in construction by this via can see landscapes Andean very cute between suit , fields, beautiful mountains, cows, sheep, small villages, were lucky to see two condors. Once in Quilotoa view is spectacular, from the top there are viewpoints from where you can see the beauty of the lagoon, very cold, about 3000 meters. If you want to walk to the crater, there's a path that takes you to the edge of the lagoon in 45 minutes, a little hard to walk in particular rise, but it is worth the effort. This area is managed by the community, on the side of the crater are missing more seats for the rest and the camping area a bit neglected in cleaning.
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  • We drove to the hotel in Quito until the Quilotoa Lagoon with Juan Pablo Guide (+593998722160). He's great, explained to us all the way, super nice and patient. The path lasted 3 hours, so it may be better to go the Quilotoa when you're descending to another city, such as Cuenca, to take advantage of the RK. The view of the Lake is spectacular. The descent is quiet, but it takes about 40 minutes. Downstairs bathroom, a place to eat and rest in the shade and the possibility to rent kayaks. The ascent is pulled, but if the person is an active practitioner of physical exercises, makes him happy. If not, it is possible to climb a mule, paying $10. Is a tour not to be missed in Ecuador.
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