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Located west of the Chota River, this extinct eroded volcano is best known for its deep crater lake and two lava islands.
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Cotacachi 100450, Ecuador
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

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...More

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank paulmgarcia
Reviewed September 28, 2019

We just stopped at an overlook and did not hike. It is pretty and not crowded. But, it is not a must do.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank sndovale
Reviewed September 24, 2019

Located high above Cotacachi, a national park with nice hiking tours. The most known tour is the tour around the crater top, taking about four hours. The place is really fantastic, extremely beautiful and peaceful. There is an island within the crater lake. You can...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank TandTSwitzerland
Reviewed September 18, 2019 via mobile

A crater lake that provides us with amazing views. Our guide explained its very interesting history, plus we hiked up the hill to appreciate amazing views. Nature at best.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Betty R
Reviewed September 1, 2019

As an avid international hiker, I was pleasantly surprised with how nice a hike the 8 mile rim trail around Laguna Cuicocha proved to be. This lake is very similar to the more famous Laguna Quilotoa, but the trail is less steeply up and down,...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank jbournemd
Reviewed July 21, 2019 via mobile

Nice lake to take a hike around. Trails aren’t to hard to get around and allows you to get a nice view of this lake

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank cjschreiner
Reviewed July 1, 2019

Beautiful views of the Andes, worth to see it. You can take a small hike or a long hike around the Cuicocha lake. Definitly be prepared if you are taking the long walk, it can take up to 4 hours.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Staceytraveler2019
Reviewed June 23, 2019

High above Cotacachi with views across the Andes this lake has a museum and restaurant and boat rides.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank PappyJ52
Reviewed June 15, 2019 via mobile

Absolutely stunning view on the laguna. Hike takes 3-5hours depending on your condition. It is recommended to do it in the morning. Turn right to get the most beautiful views in the beginning, even though this direction is a bit harder. How to get there:...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank simoned449
Reviewed May 13, 2019

I have been to Ecuador many times but here this was my first time to this crater lake. It's basically a day trip from Quito. The driving time to the gate from Quito is around 2 hours and then the hike around the crater took...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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June 17, 2019|
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Response from Robert S | Reviewed this property |
You'll be hiking at 10,000 feet altitude and the walk around the lake has ups and downs. Around the whole lake would take many hours. I am no expert on pregnancy, but I imagine if you are accustomed to the altitude by then... More
July 6, 2017|
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Response from michael a | Reviewed this property |
I have seen egrets over there
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Response from ThatAneAdventure2017 | Reviewed this property |
I'm not sure the best way to hike it since I took the boat, but you are hiking around the crater rim and arrive at the same spot so you would have similar elevation differences either way. As far as getting there I'm... More