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Laguna Cuicocha

Otavalo/Cotacachi area, Otavalo, Ecuador
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Ranked #1 of 13 Attractions in Otavalo
Type: Bodies of Water
Activities: Hiking
Description: 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, Ecuador
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

The walk around the lake offers breathtaking views and great photo opportunities. There are two shelters approximately at the half way point of the walk which are great for eating a picnic lunch or relaxing in the shade. Make sure to bring water, snack food and a hat because the walk is 3 to 4 hours long and involves ascending... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Very cool and I imagine that it's even better if you happen to arrive on a clear day. Highly recommend taking the boat tour on the lake. Doesn't seem to be much going on aside from that, so I probably wouldn't want to stay at the lodge.

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

I visited Cuicocha after having already been to Quilatoa and thought it wasn't as impressive. It's 25c from the bus terminal to the town nearby the volcanic lake. From there you take a taxi. The thing to do out there is take a boat around the lake but, for me, it wasn't worth it. I think it's more worthwhile to... More

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paris
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Went to the laguna as part of a mountain bike tour organised with one of the agents in Otavalo. Great view of the lake and great ride. I did not try the boat tour since it was pretty cold on that day.

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Caserta Vecchia, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

wonderful walk around the laguna. its like 4 hours easy walk...my pics from this place looks really great! its something you shoudnt wiss if you decide to spend few days in otovalo..

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We started the hike at the Los Pinos trail and hiked clockwise. We did it in 4.5 hours with a few stops for photos and lunch. It gets a bit monotonous after an hour. I wouldn't go out of my way to hike it. We much preferred hiking Fuya Fuya at Lake Mojanda. We went by ourselves. A guide is... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Ever wondered what a lake in a volcano looks like? Well this one is for you! Gorgeous lake with two islands inhabited by guinea-pigs! The lake has very little other wildlife due to its isolation and has no fish due to the warm water. A very pleasant boat ride will show you areas where the bubbles from the active volcano... More

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Bayfield, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

There is a nice hike all the way around the lake. It takes about 4 hours to hike the whole thing. There is a also a resturant overlooking the lake and boat tours. A pleasant place to hang out for an afternoon. The drive out there is also interesting and good views of the surrounding volcanos.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The area around this is so lush and green. The little museum was very informative. I would go again and take friends!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

There's a great trail that winds around the lagoon, with awesome views, even through the fog. The trail is well maintained and easy to follow. Especially welcome were benches at look out points...on some Ecuadorean trails it's hard to even find a good rock to sit on. As always when hiking at altitude, take water and sunscreen and be prepared... More

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