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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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  • You can get a bus from Latacunga to Quilotoa, and I would recommend you arrive early there if you want to walk around it. Our initial plan was to walk around the crater, but when we got there we decid...  more »
  • If the weather is kind this is a great sight and experience. Slightly more touristy than I imagined with lots of restaurants and gift shops but apparently we were there on a Bank Holiday so the amount...  more »
  • We did this on a day tour of Quito and the surrounding area. We booked through our hostel in Quito. The three hour bus ride took us to more locations than just the crater. Just the drive and the stops...  more »