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Address: Otavalo/Cotacachi area, Otavalo, Ecuador
Activities: Hiking
Description: Located west of the Chota River, this extinct eroded volcano is best known...
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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A must see while in Otavalo!

We had a wonderful hike and boat ride at the lake. We started our hike from the information center and walked uphill past the lunar and sun monuments. It was a beautiful morning... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 20, 2015
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

We had a wonderful hike and boat ride at the lake. We started our hike from the information center and walked uphill past the lunar and sun monuments. It was a beautiful morning with great views of the lake and surrounding countryside. The boat ride was also interesting and pleasant. We took a Otavalo city bus from the bus station... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This area is still frequented by thieves. My grand-daughter was targeted by one who approached her and hung out beside her with a heavy crutch which he did not need. The management is aware of muggings, but cannot throw out or arrest someone until he commits a crime. Watch your step when you are here. The boat ride around the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

After a journey of 24 hours, this walk was the first to stretch our legs and to get used to the heighth. Beautiful place, perfectly blue water if the sky is clear. We started at the entrance for our first climb to 3.400 meters. A lot of flours and plants and an excellent view over the lake on the one... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

$5 Taxi ride from Cota, free entrance, need to sign in with passport number. If you are a hiker get off at the interpretive center, not the boat landing. After viewing the info center hike uphill, past the lunar, sun & offerings memorials, etc. Continue hiking (counter clockwise to lake) on well marked trail. Incredible vistas, plants & flowers. If... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Very nice lake. Unfortunately it was raining, so we couldn't get the full benefit from this place. A $5 taxi ride from Cotacachi and $5 back, well worth the visit if you traveled all this way.

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Belnem, Bonaire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Took a while to get to on a local bus and a taxi. We shared a boat with other tourists when enough had arrived. As we went in the middle of the day we didn't see many birds so I'd recommend going early in the morning if you're interested in bird watching. The boat was fine.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Definetely plan enough time for this and hike around the lake- the views are worth it! The park closes at 5pm, perhaps order a taxi to pick you up before hand

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Mara, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

Had trouble finding the trail because we were dropped off at boat launch. Start at entry gate. Well maintained path with steps carved into steeper parts of hike. Lots of wild flowers along the way and we only saw a few other hikers. Hiked 2 hours in total which gave some great views in that time. Easy and cheap to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 via mobile

Beautiful place that a bit far from Otavalo city. We hired taxi to be there. We did the short way boat trip 3 usd.around the islands. There are a lot of birds and nice ducks there. It's not perfect but it's nice to be there.

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

This crater holds an impressive lake that is over 200 meters deep. There are still signs of bubbles coming from the crater floor and therefor there are no fish. The two islands in the center of the lake are still growing.

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