Densely forested mounds and volcanoes rise out of scenic 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. Make Cuicocha a centerpiece of your Cotacachi vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Cotacachi trip planner.
Tours to Cuicocha
Private Full-Day Trip to Otavalo and Its Surroundings from Quito BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $105
Duration: 9 hours
Otavalo Tour from Quito Visiting Quitsato, Indigenous Market, Peguche, Cuicocha BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $60
Duration: 10 hours
I do not know why people are rating this natural beauty average. It is ethereally beautiful. There is however a man at the property above not the beautiful hotel below who will harass you to go on..... more »
A must-see when you visit Cotacachi. The Laguna is Holy Ground for the indigenous. Great explanation of history and culture in the museum. more »
Beautiful, peaceful, must see
About one hour drive Northwest of the town of Otavalo, is Cuicocha caldera and crater lake. It is nearly 3km across and sits at the foot of Cotacachi Volcano in the Ecuadorian Andes. At the center of the lake sits two small islands. The bottomless blue water lake does not have any fish due to the volcanic gasses. The boat tour was great and informative.
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