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Laguna Quilotoa, Latacunga

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Laguna Quilotoa features a stunning lake situated in a volcanic crater. The 3 km (1.8 mile) wide caldera was formed by an enormous eruption in 1280, which collapsed the volcano. Take in the scenery during the drive to the small town and the summit, where--besides the lake--you can see the surrounding mountains, and even the active Cotopaxi volcano. You can hike around the rim of the crater, or take the trail down to the caldera to better appreciate the 250 m (820 ft) deep lake and its vibrant emerald color. Just remember that the hike back up is a strenuous vertical climb that takes a couple of hours and requires a certain amount of fitness. Make Laguna Quilotoa a centerpiece of your Latacunga vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Latacunga travel itinerary maker.
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  • Nice little village with crafts and restaurants, but still rustic. Crater is beautiful, but even if it is foggy its still worth the trip for the local color. 
  • One morning I went on this 11 km hike on a rainy day, the cold and the wind set the party which made walking a bit difficult, preferred one sunny morning. Fantastic views a good little challenge for a...  more »
  • The place is very beautiful, if these lucky and not have fog, you can appreciate the beauty of the site and take spectacular photos. Arriesgate down to the bottom, although the return (the rise) is a little demanding, it is worth making it.
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