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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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  • Very good33%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
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“boat ride” (45 reviews)
“crater lake” (43 reviews)
“great hike” (17 reviews)
Cotacachi 100450, Ecuador
Cotacachi 100450, Ecuador
+593 6-301-7219
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

$6 taxi from Cotacachi and what a wonderful view. What use to be a volcano is now a spectator sight to see. Small shops and rest room as well as restaurant on site make for a lovely day. No Admission fee and you can take...More

Thank Jerri V
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice flowers, a lot of different species of plants. Varied walk; views on lagoon, on the mountains and some on the countryside.Taxi from Otavalo appr. 10 dollar one way.

Thank Allan M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

About 1,5hours away from Otavalo with bus + taxi truck. It is a very nice hike when the weather is good but the weather can change quicky so make sure you have both hat and sunscreen AND rain jacket. The altitude is around 4000m which...More

Thank Laure F
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Its a high mountain crater lake. Trails were nicely kept. We came with a guide and driver who explained all of the markers and ceremonial sites to us. If we hadn't of had them , it would have been very confusing/anti-climatic as there is no...More

1  Thank arcarmel
Reviewed 14 December 2017

Just a short taxi ride from Cotacachi (15-20 mins) this natural wonder is a sight to behold! The family run restaurant above the crater is called El Mirador offers panoramic views and a trail down to the lake. Try the Trucha! The trail from the...More

Thank AJourneyofTwo
Reviewed 23 November 2017

This is a great location for just a few minutes to hours if you like to hike. The views of the lake and country side are the best. Be sure to dress harmly and wear good hiking shoes if you plan to hit the ridge.

Thank B3VA
Reviewed 12 November 2017

Beautiful lake located only about 20 minutes outside of Cotacachi. We only had time to hike a bit of the path around the lake, but want to return in the future for the full 14 km hike around it!

Thank Patrick O
Reviewed 7 November 2017

Laguana Cuicocha is just 15 minutes from Cotacachi. It is a very good road and the road is well marked. There is a restaurant that serves full meals. The food is Ecuadorian and of good quality. The atmosphere is very peaceful and the service is...More

Thank D_0_7_2
Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

We were in Otavalo and decided to head out here. Since I was feeling a little sick we opted to take the boat tour instead of hiking around the rim. It was a lot of fun! You get a free drink as well afterwards and...More

1  Thank ThatAneAdventure2017
Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

Well worth a visit and if you have time recommend doing the hike around the lake. Took us about 4 hours including rests/photos. Very easy to get there from Otavalo. Go to bus station and get a bus going to Cotacacchi but get off at...More

Thank Fiona B
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6 July 2017|
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Response from michaelayala | Reviewed this property |
I have seen egrets over there
3 July 2015|
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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
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