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Laguna Quilotoa, Cotopaxi Province

Categories: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
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4.9/5 based on 380+ reviews on the web
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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  • One of the most beautiful there that has the Ecuador, I recommend to visit and have a very good time with nature. Be warm if the sun goes down.
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  • First I'd like to mention that our tour to Quilotoa was handled by Francisco Estrella, a free-lance tour guide who operates in Quito and Banos.He is an amazing young man who is very knowledgeable abou...  read more »
  • The surprise was that upon arrival I realized that the site were not just a couple of cabins and nothing more. It is all a tourist place with space for parking vehicles (although not many, maybe 15 or 20), crafts and souvenir shops, accommodation and restaurants. Climate of Moor place, i.e.; You can be with mist reduces visibility and make very cold or be clear and sunny and be forced to wear sunscreen; in my case, it was the first thing. There is a platform done the lagoon can be observed if it is clear and can get some excellent pictures and record these images as indelible memory of our incredible landscapes. If it is cloudy there is another option that take the path of 1.7 km which is very steep and sandy; It is relatively easy to get, but climbing it is a challenge and requires much effort; is not a walk for children; It is for lovers of nature and good health. Take into account that first descends to reach the shore of the lagoon and then it should amount to return. In the road of descent, little before get to the shore is can one divert to arrive on the edge of a cliff from where is can get spectacular photographs and provides a view much more close but full of all the lagoon and them edges of the crater of the a time volcano active. There is a swing on the edge but was secured with chains during my visit and is easy to see why. The return was really hard, long and steep ascent of almost an hour through difficult terrain; but in the end, the effort is worthwhile for those who like nature. There is the option up or down riding for those who do not want to or can do travel up or down or both. On the shore have accommodation as well as in the top part, where you arrive. It would be worth a long trip to the place spending the night in one of the lodgings available to be able to fully explore the lagoon and its surroundings since the site is a bit remote and takes some time to arrive but it must be well prepared for the cold if that is the plan.
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