Laguna Quilotoa, Cotopaxi Province

Must see · Water Body · Nature / Park
Admire the deep color of Laguna Quilotoa, a water-filled caldera and volcano in the Ecuadorian Andes. Travel by bus or truck to the small town of Quilotoa to see the impressive 3 km (2 mi)-wide crater lake with a turquoise coloration, the result of dissolved minerals. Last erupting in 1280, the volcano offers plentiful walking routes, including a 4-5 hour hike around its entire circumference, recommended only for walkers with some degree of experience on rocky, changing terrain. Guides and mules can be hired in village, which offers a good range of places to eat. Make Laguna Quilotoa a centerpiece of your Quilotoa vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Quilotoa attractions app.
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  • After reading a bit, we wanted to hike from the lake rim to Chugchilan. This direction is easier due to its more downhill than the reverse. We made the mistake of getting started after lunch, so by....  more »
  • The reserve is held by a community of indigenous people that allows to enjoy the scenery, expose the community's culture. If you did not get used to the high altitude issue then the descent to the...  more »

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