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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  • August 15, 2017
    It is reachable by bus from Latacunga for $2 a couple of hours. It is worth to make the walk around the Lake, they are about 4-5 hours.
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  • August 10, 2017
    It is a stunning place, nature always amazes you. It is a place you should not miss to visit. Do not forget to go with warm clothes and arrive early so they wander to the lagoon for 30 minutes or more and return takes more time. The local restaurants offer variety of well prepared dishes, nothing special but good taste, service is basic but they have very good predisposition to serve you. It is a place to enjoy and feel it. Preferred.
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  • August 10, 2017
    You can save yourself the hike to the Lake. The hike from the crater is beautiful down to Chugchillan.
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