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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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  • Landscape spectacular and easy to do by us even. It's not too cold that people say but it's pretty windy!
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  • Already only along the way until you get there worth a go: you see in the image: Cotopaxi, Tungurahua and Chimborazo. Spectacular! 1, 5 h from Latacunga. $ 2 to enter the village of Quilotoa. From there choose: come to the viewpoints, or follow any of laa routes that you make. There is an information office. Bring warm clothes making cold wind.
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  • Such a beautiful place! The trek down to the Lagoon takes about 45 minutes if not longer if you are super sure footed. But I cant imagine climbing the steep trek back up. My husband and I both are ver...  more »

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Where to stay in Latacunga

Latacunga's historic center offers the best choice of accommodations, with the chance to stay in a characterful area conveniently close to the main urban attractions and amenities. Accommodation types include hotels set in colonial-era buildings, as well as hostels for budget-conscious vacationers. Farther from the town center you can explore a few boutique hotels and simple guesthouses along residential streets, while the area close to the airport has business-style hotels with basic rooms, ideal for those wishing to drop their bags and head off to explore the region's many natural landmarks.
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