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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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  • A route and tourist must-see in the path of the volcanoes, the Pujilí canton of the province Cotopaxi which offers a unique view towards its Emerald-Green Lake, where you can go hiking a path already traced or for the more adventurous create your own path climbing in addition to boat or kayak trips... personally a trip tired, agitated but arriving revitalizing... visit it.
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  • I think even more impressive after a three day hike to Laguna Quilotoa starting from Sigchos and walking via Isinlivi, Chugchillan to here. Can highly recommended this hike, whereby Laguna Quilotoa is...  more »
  • Is the most beautiful I have ever known, a stunning lagoon, no matter from what angle look you, looking at it from the viewpoint you can notice its expansion, likewise if you decide to go down to the area where to rent the Kayak you will appreciate in the same way its beauty, the lead-in is relatively simple, but the rise is another thing somewhat tired, do not forget to bring liquids to hydrate.
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