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Latacunga

(4/5 based on 420+ reviews for 6 attractions)
Things to do: nature, historic sites, shopping

Mashca City

Established in 1534, the plateau town of Latacunga was destroyed four times by earthquakes between 1698 and 1798. Having gained independence from Spain in 1820, the nearly 100,000 inhabitants of the modern town continue to live in the shadow of the active volcano, Cotopaxi. Though the region's topographical features have presented plenty of difficulties, they also form the basis of tourism in Latacunga, with hiking and exploration high on the itineraries of those who visit. The town itself, with a significant proportion of indigenous inhabitants, offers plenty of rustic restaurants serving popular local dishes, such as tostado, popcorn, empanadas, and chugchucaras. Add Latacunga and other destinations to your itinerary using our Ecuador travel itinerary planner, and learn about what to see, what to do, and where to stay.
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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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