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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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  • The hike around the crater is super interesting with its flora and incredible landscapes. The distance is 8 km for the moment, but the Park work to complete the track to make the full turn on the track.
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  • You can take the moderately strenuous hike all the way around the rim if you have all day, or just walk as far as you like and turn back. The views are stunning on a clear day. 
  • Great National Reserve. Nice hotel onsite. Hiking trail around lake. Craft vendors onsite. Can hire a boat ride cheaply. No fish in lake! 
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  • Lovely lake created from ancient volcanic eruption. Area has 3 climates: depending on your altitude.
  • Beautiful trek but very short
  • Cute place, the lagoon has a spectacular blue shade
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  • A beautiful place
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  • Laguna Cuicocha, beautiful natural place, the flap of a volcano where there is an island in the middle of the lagoon. In the place you can tour the lagoon by boat at a good price. the town of Cotacachi must be crossed to reach the Lake.
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