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 Latacunga vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Latacunga attractions app .
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  • Without a doubt it is one of the most beautiful places I've visited, visit it and get haasta Lagoon is worthwhile. Advisable to wear comfortable clothes, sunscreen, water and sweets since the climb is very steep
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  • Quilotoa lake is one of the most prettiest lake in the whole of Ecuador and possibly the entire world. The emerald colored waters of this lake are simply stunning. One can get here from Latacunga by a...  more »
  • It is a perfect place for people who like to walk, or ride a horse, the landscape is wonderful :) A highly recommended place  more »

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Where to stay in Latacunga

Latacunga's historic center offers the best choice of accommodations, with the chance to stay in a characterful area conveniently close to the main urban attractions and amenities. Accommodation types include hotels set in colonial-era buildings, as well as hostels for budget-conscious vacationers. Farther from the town center you can explore a few boutique hotels and simple guesthouses along residential streets, while the area close to the airport has business-style hotels with basic rooms, ideal for those wishing to drop their bags and head off to explore the region's many natural landmarks.
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