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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  • We knew when we visited Quito we wanted to set time aside to visit at least one of its many volcanoes. Quilotoa won us over because of all of the variety of activities we could do. The views in Quilot...  more »
  • We went with my partner to meet the famous lagoon inside the volcano and take back a beautiful experience. Be there and appreciate the fact that you're to 3900 meters above the sea level, within the crater of a volcano that has been inactive for 800 years, noting a 3 km in diameter and 250 meters deep lagoon! You can walk the path around the volcano, go kayaking, and if anyone dares, you can get to get a very salty water. Emerald green water of different shades.
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  • I have had the opportunity to go twice but neither an I've done the hike to the Lake; the first time was 10 years ago and due to the inclement weather not able to enjoy it is the second time I decided to walk from the center of the lagoon to the viewpoint of Shalala, was a good choice _An little cansado_ but very good; I say this because while you're walking you have the option to go by stopping at each point that you like, and if that had every moment to enjoy it * and that this come to a place like this... is to enjoy it and store it for all life OR NOT? * good like he was counting, this place you should go with good energies, especially for people who are not accustomed or have never been on a high like this, the pressure is a little strong, we were 4 people and 4 hurt us much head go wrapped because it is windy. The best time to go is from July to January, really this depends very much on this year here, it began to rain since February and has not stopped however, I was very lucky the day I went 22.Feb.18 did sol since get 10h30AM. So if you come at this time also may have good luck. To reach the lagoon if they go on their own is by bus, there are several options can take the bus NURSERY from Latacunga terminal goes straight to Quilotoa, if come from Quito or Baños, the other option is that leave them in the ring so I did wait about 20 min, while you're waiting there are gentlemen taxi drivers because love you take say: 'here not you run buses to Quilotoa' that is a lie, if it happens, when you arrive. To the famous arena try to find a native and ask's side to catch the NURSERY going to Quilotoa. I want to return this time lower and camping in the Lake, if I tell them. I hope this info helps them! Welcome to my country
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