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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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  • Well worth the drive, we arrived in Quilotoa and had a lovely lunch at the cafe, drank come coca leaf tea to help with the altitude and then walked a short distance for the overlook of the volcanic la...  more »
  • Just one reaches the edge of the volcano, marvel at the landscape and is essential to get the first pictures. Then you need to start down the road that leads to the very edge of the lagoon formed in its interior. They are around 40 minutes of descent in which at each step are discovered new shots and views that are impossible to resist. To get down, there is a swing in which seems that you one floating on the water, as well as kayaks for rent and shop around, if there is not much wind. After enjoying the environment, the rise is imposed. They will be about hour and a half or two hours of walking tiring, or there is also the option to upload mule that the locals make it easier for ten dollars. Once at the top, it is essential to go eat at one of the several restaurants that the locals has enabled with delicious food and good prices. That would be the perfect finale for a spectacular day!
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  • I have visited many times is lagoon and so far continues to surprise me the beauty that has. Hotels and restaurants keep their rustic and delicious food!
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