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. Plan to visit Laguna Quilotoa during your Latacunga vacation using our convenient Latacunga day trip planning site .
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  • Quilotoa is breathtaking. I had heard about it but when we actually arrived it was more than I ever expected it to be. If you're going to walk down to the bottom of the crater to the beach, bring plen...  more »
  • If you are in the region, this is a must-see. The panoramic platform is a 5 min walk from the bus stop. You can walk down and even camp at the lake.  more »
  • Would highly recommend a visit here - absolutely breathtaking!! Very small beautiful town, the public bus drops you around a 10 min walk and you can even hike down to the water if your brave enough! P...  more »
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