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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  • The clouds start descending in the afternoon so go early in the day for best visibility. Absolutely stunning crater lake, with kayaks for 2 people (not for one, disappointingly) - available down in th...  more »
  • Very, vere awesome!!! Dayra and me were camping for one night into this crater. One of the most incredible days in my life. That day one earthquake hit Guayaquil and we could feel it at the morning.  more »
  • Well nice place we performed a walk family and the weather also helped us fairly... the place also has restaurants around the Central magnificent
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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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