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Laguna Quilotoa
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Full-Day Quilotoa Lake Hiking Tour from Quito
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Reviewed 9 September 2013

Unbelievable beauty of nature ! Freezing Cold ! Quite thin air in the altitude... If you do go there, however, dont stay at the quilotoa crater lodge. Staff steals your money if they can (as per many reports and own experience. There are enough other options to stay.

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Reviewed 20 August 2013

the lagoon has formated at the top of a volcano (which walls have collapsed in over hundreds of years), and it is just stuninng - especially the view from above which is simply breathtaking!
before gong you should know that the walk down is fairly easy (on a paved path. the difference in hight between the top and bottom is approxemetely 400 meters), and the way back up takes about 40 minutes - 1 hour, though there are always local women there with horses for the turists willing to pay, and not walk (you might prefare this because the altitude is pretty high here)..
i would strongly recommend doing this as a day trip through gulliver expeditions a we did - the guide was great (with good english!!), the transportation and food were organized for us, and we got to go to a local market and an androginous house as well!

dont forget taking warm clothes with you!

Thank Talyaa
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Reviewed 8 August 2013

Beautiful place. Spent about two days there in July in the Quilotoa Village itself, Did the walk down to the lake, another walk around the lake at the crater rim and hiked back from Quilotoa to Tigua (with a local guide).

The view of the lake from the crater rim is beautiful, off course. The walk from the crater rim and down to the lake was fine - but it's somewhat hard work going back up (keep in mind that the high altitude makes it tougher than it looks if you're not already fully acclimatized, and remember to bring plenty of drinking water).

The really nice walks were around the lake on the crater rim and the hike to Tigua though (if I had to choose between going down to the lake or going around the crater, I would definitely go aorund it - though it's a much longer walk and takes more time). The walk around the crater rim was beautiful since you get not only the view of the crater and the lake but also great views of the mountain scenery and to some extent the villages around it, and you may also meet a few locals on the way. Can be pretty windy around the crater though, and at least when we were there in July it was a bit chilly some times. Finding our way around the crater was easy, since there's a path all the way.

The one day hike back to Tigua was equally amazing, if not better. It takes you through a big canyon, some beautiful mountain scenery and some villages. We really enjoyed getting to see some of the local life there in addition to the scenery. I wouldn't attempt to do the hike without a guide though, since finding your way would be rather difficult (don't know if there are good maps available, but still I think I would probably prefer having someone who knows the way with me).

Getting to Quilotoa by bus from Latacunga and getting from Tigua to Latacunga by bus was quite easy btw. Reading some guide books it seems like the buses are rather unrealiable - that was not our experience (they are very local and not luxury though, but that has a lot of charm to it too). We caught a direct bus from Latacunga to Quilotoa. The direct ones all the way between Latacunga and Quilotoa don't go that often, but it was our impression that it was easy to get another transport from one of the other villages to Quilotoa, if you don't get on the direct one. There were plenty of busses back from Tigua to Latacunga.- the locals told us one per hour on average most of the day.

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Reviewed 24 July 2013

Laguna Quilotoa (Quilotoa Lagoon) is an exquisite volcanic crater. The turquoise colours of the clear water are gorgeous and it is a fun experience to walk down to the lagoon and then take a mule or a horse back up to the rim. In 2013 the cost for the mule/horseback ride is $8 US. Others have commented on the strenuous nature of the hike but walking down and riding back up is really not that bad and the perspective from the rim and the edge of the lagoon are both magnificent.

It can be windy and cold at the rim and warmer and calmer at the lagoon's edge. When you are at the water don't forget to look for the bubbles coming up. These signify that the volcano is still acitve. Another poster wrote that there are kayaks to rent at the water's edge but there was nothing and no one on the lake the day we were there which just added to the otherworldly atmosphere of this place.

Quilotoa Lagoon was included on a list of the world's ten most beautiful volcanic craters. It is an experience not to be missed.

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Reviewed 22 July 2013

Lots of people go to Quilotoa to do the loop to acclimatise for Cotopaxi but we were travelling south and had already done Cotopaxi and we were running out of time so we did Quilotoa as a day tour which in fact I preferred.

We went on a Thursday so the tour started with a trip to Saquisili market which is fantastic and is made up of an animal market, craft market and local food market.

We then went on to see an artisan at work which was really nice and also stopped off at a local indigenous persons home which was really interesting.

Finally we went to the lake. Our guide asked us if we wanted to climb down to the lake but as they were doing repair works to the normal route down it was a really steep climb down another path. As we arrived a bunch of 7 year old local kids were just coming back up from their walk down and were panting and sweating and struggling! My view was that if the local kids were struggling then I would really struggle so we said no! We walked instead around some of the rim of the lake up at the top and it was really stunning to look out at the countryside and down to the lake.

We then had lunch in a local restaurant which was lovely and headed back to Latacunga where we were staying.

There were a lot of hostels by the lake and they are building a lot more but there is little to do there and once you've seen the lake, you've seen the lake! I was glad we weren't staying to be honest.

It is a lovely thing to see and very unusual but I am not sure it's worth going to the massive effort it takes to get there unless on a day tour - we paid $40 for our tour and booked it through the hostel.

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