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. Make Laguna Quilotoa a centerpiece of your Quilotoa vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Quilotoa attractions app .
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  • October 2, 2017
    The most beautiful place I have ever seen in my life! When you arrive you run out of breath, the Majesty of the lagoon and the magnificence of the crater makes you want to fill the gigabytes of your memory with photos and videos. As it is beautiful, the descent slope (physical condition), not to mention the rise. If you're going to make this highly recommended trip, make asiganrle a whole day to visit the Quilotoa.
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  • October 2, 2017
    This is one of the top 10 attractions of Ecuador. Take the bus from Latacunga, if you do not to stay there overnight, take one early in the morning and ask the driver, what time does go back the last ...  more »
  • September 30, 2017
    Laguna Quilotoa is super nice to really behold. We have not done the Quilotoa Loop (four days walk to end up at Quilotoa Lake to come out), but I have to say that this is probably only fun if you really are fantastic for hiking. I have 2 vd 4 villages that you'll pass that is seen and I was not excited by. The villages are very small and when I went through it, there was little liveliness. If you have the bus picks up from Latacunga then you come to in the village of Quilotoa from where you in just 5 minutes to the lookout point. From here you have a super views of Quilotoa Lake. You can walk to the Lake in about 4 hours. Unfortunately, we have not done this because it is very nice and we arrived too late in Quilotoa through which we would not make up for the dark with the walk to be ready. Are you in Quito or Latacunga, go sure take a day trip to Quilotoa!
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