Laguna Cuicocha, Otavalo

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Densely forested mounds and volcanoes rise out of scenic Laguna Cuicocha, lending it a serene atmosphere. Many hiking trails and nature spots surround the hazy blue lake and provide ample viewing opportunities of the surrounding scenery, colorful wildflowers, and local bird population. The trails are best traveled clockwise, as the opposite direction is largely uphill. Using our online itinerary creator, Otavalo attractions like Laguna Cuicocha can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • August 14, 2017
    It is a very good option if you go to Otavalo. You can not miss Cuicocha (original name Cuchi Cocha), not wind pies. This lagoon inside an active volcano, shows how beautiful that is nature. Highly recommended.
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  • August 11, 2017
    The lagoon with the two islets is really very nice. You can really experience it but only for a hike around the crater rim. The "Sendero las Orquideas" leads a downhill uphill past different types of flowers. The different perspectives on the two islands and the change of weather in the history of the 4stündigen hike is very liked. Do not be fooled can be, the way is not comfortable just to the lagoon, but up and down. May take a picnic!
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  • August 11, 2017
    One of the main attractions near Otavalo, the boat ride provides a fun visit to this natural beauty. The boat ride is not expensive and life vests are provided.  more »

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