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Laguna Cuicocha

Cotacachi 100450, Ecuador
+593 6-301-7219
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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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“crater lake” (41 reviews)
Cotacachi 100450, Ecuador
+593 6-301-7219
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Reviewed 5 days ago

A lake located in the crater of a volcano! What is not to like. Simply stunning. A short hike up and down, well worth it. The pictures I took will not do this justice. Seeing it in person is a must. There is a visitor...More

Thank Adam M
Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the main attractions near Otavalo, the boat ride provides a fun visit to this natural beauty. The boat ride is not expensive and life vests are provided.

Thank sunshine918107
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were in Otavalo for a few days so booked a guide from Runatipari to take us on this 4 hour hike . Awesome breathtaking views and great exercise. You need to do it!

Thank Nico20167
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Cuicocha is a deep (180 meters) clear crater lake. Take the boat ride around the lakes, fun for the whole family! Do not miss the interpretation center and the short trails around it. Beautiful scenery

Thank Mats W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A boat ride around the laguna is a must. Cuicocha is a beautiful place to visit. To hike the entire trail takes about 5--6 hours but even just hiking short distances will provide you with spectacular vistas of the laguna/volcano and the valley of Otavalo...More

Thank Anthony R
Reviewed 17 July 2017 via mobile

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

Reviewed 16 July 2017 via mobile

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 free :)

Thank Laur F
Reviewed 13 July 2017

We had a very pleasant boat ride in this crater, with our two year old in tow. The boat was very very full and I was a bit concerned about the vessel's capacity, but we all wore lifejackets and the ride was just fine. We...More

1  Thank jaindough
Reviewed 11 July 2017

This place is worth the drive from Otavalo. It is a beautiful lake that formed in the crater of a volcano. You should take the 10-15 minute boat tour.

Thank tiroloco-travels
Reviewed 9 July 2017

Beautiful, caldera lake located about 2 hours northeast of Quito. The lake itself support little of no aquatic life due to its alkaline nature, but the setting is naturally beautiful, and we were informed that certain birds do nest in the two "guinea pig" islands...More

Thank Raghu M
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6 July 2017|
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Response from michaelayala | Reviewed this property |
I have seen egrets over there
2 July 2015|
Response from TCTaylor2010 |
I don't remember what it costs, but we rode on a boat clockwise with such ease. In my opinion, either direction wouldn't make a difference as it's a small, slow but easy ride around the lone mountain in the center.
13 January 2015|
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Response from michaelayala | Reviewed this property |
i´ve done it with either running shoes or hiking shoes. Not an issue