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Laguna Cuicocha

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Address: Otavalo/Cotacachi area, Otavalo, Ecuador
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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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Popular site, and the boat ride gives a new perspective

I was there during an Inti-Raymi ceremony, so the experience was a bit unique. Nevertheless it's a beautiful setting. If you take the boat ride, and there's no reason not to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 28, 2015
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Quito, Ecuador
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

I was there during an Inti-Raymi ceremony, so the experience was a bit unique. Nevertheless it's a beautiful setting. If you take the boat ride, and there's no reason not to, don't forget your free thimble-ful of free canelazo. It's served warm and it was cold on the lake, just right!

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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015 NEW

You need only look at a picture to realize that this lake is stunningly beautiful. Makes you want to swim in its azure water, except that it's usually quite cold and windy and I'm sure the water is equally chilly. Instead you can enjoy the view for a few hours while walking around the rim. I have to say that... More 

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Lyndhurst, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015 NEW

It was a nice view of the lake, the ride on boat was fun and the tour guide to explain things about the lake was great. Nothing out of this world, but it was nice

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new mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

We happened to arrive at the lake a couple of hours before a solstice celebration by 26 communities that came from as far as 10 K away. The lake itself is very pretty and the views may have been really nice on a clear day, which it wasn´t. One can hike to the top of a hill for a good... More 

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Quito, Ecuador
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

Enjoyed the nature, nothing to dislike, it was a great place to visit. the panga drive was outstanding.

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Munich, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

Great walk with stunning views. It is not a flat hike around the lake so be prepared for some hills. The restaraunt at the lake has good food with views.

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Cuenca, Ecuador
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

This lake is formed at the top of an old volcano. The water is clear and if you take the boat ride around the lake, you will see there are still bubbles coming up at the center of it. It is pleasant and has wonderful views.

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Cotacachi, Ecuador
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

They have a lovely lookout point, a small indigenous stalls with local crafts for sale and a couple of restaurants. The one at the top of the hill is the best in my opinion. Great food! Just dress warm At the high altitude the wind off the water can be quite a chilly surprise! The boat ride is interesting but... More 

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Santiago, Chile
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

This is a caldera left by an erupted volcano. It is possible to hike around it (about 4 hours) and they also have a boat you can ride. I just walked around the one edge and got some amazing pictures. I got there before any boats went out, so I saw a pristine clear view.

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Detroit
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Laguna Cuicocha is a lovely lake in a beautiful mountain setting. It has a really nice exhibit facility. We didn't hike around too much because we were short on time, but it was well worth the trip just seeing it.

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Address: Address: Otavalo/Cotacachi area, Otavalo, Ecuador
Location: South America  >  Ecuador  >  Imbabura Province  >  Otavalo

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