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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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  • We failed to do the trick. A little less than half in 3: 00. (Including 45 min dinner in a small place (convenience store) the descent is very populous but hiking is more quiet, but very hard. Level advanced in my opinion. We must have good shoe market and the reflex to grab plants on certain descent. Otherwise, we go straight into the lagoon
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  • This is a potential active volcano. Where you can do a hike or boat tour into lake. The hike you must to start early and finish around 4 pm. The boat tour takes around 30 minutes  more »
  • Beautiful scenery! You can hike here too. Wish I had more time here so that I could hike further. Make sure you have your government id # or passport number on you so that you can enter. Entrance was ...  more »

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With the market town's growing international reputation, good quality accommodations have cropped up in Otavalo in recent years to meet the boom in tourism. Choose between characterful posadas (guesthouses) offering simple rooms in rustic buildings, or opt for one of the slightly larger hotels. Book early to avoid disappointment, given the relative lack of rooms available; alternatively, consider staying in Ibarra to the north, where the choice of lodgings is far greater.
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