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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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  • It is a beautiful few hours from Quito, you can meet accompanied by you couple or family, has a breathtaking view, has ecological pathways that more than one love, the Quilotoa lagoon was once an active volcano, today it is a tourist center that offer crafts and typical food.
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  • The site is very nice. There are restaurants and stores served by the community. It is best to arrive early because half-day it tends to cloud.
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  • Beautiful place, we went from latacunga in own car and on the way we stopped at some sites. Arriving at the site of the lagoon, we decided to get off, made us an hour going slowly and taking pictures, the landscape is dreamed for mountain lovers. Back rise us quite tired and repent not climb in Mule (charge 10 dollars). The best thing was to go in the morning in the afternoon wind and sand hits you in the face. In addition it is super recommended to go with comfortable shoes on the sand.
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