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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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  • its a 2-2.5h bus ride from Latacunga. Buses(Cooperative go regularly from terminal terrestre (1 every hour) directly to the entrance of Laguna Quilotoa. Way down to the crater about 30-45 min, way up ...  more »
  • A magical place. A collapse in the Quilotoa vocan boiler filled with water, the descent and ascendo is a good trail, only take into account the altitude that can wreak havoc. Below you can rent a kayak for three time and give a half hour walk, very cute.
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  • Bus from Latacunga. Many hours in the day. The descent of the "simple" lagoon, the ascent to die haha but I recommend to do it, is worth for hearings and for physical activity.
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