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Laguna Cuicocha

Otavalo/Cotacachi area, Otavalo, Ecuador
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Ranked #1 of 11 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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London, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

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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3 attraction reviews
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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3 attraction reviews
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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28 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
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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Herndon, VA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

For just a few bucks, we took a short boat tour around the laguna, and received a (Spanish language) explanation of the history, geology, plant life and animals in this unique place. Upon returning to the docks, we were offered a hot tea & liquor to warm us up. Lots of fun!

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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

A strenuous 4 to 5 hour hike around a crater filled lake that contains 2 large islands. Unfortunately, the trail doesn't completely circumnavigate the lake and about 2 miles of it must be done at the shoulder of a paved road.

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Melbourne, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I visited this Laguna as part of a day tour to Otavalo. It was a bit of an after thought and nothing more than just a view. Apparently there are lots of guinea pigs living on the islands in the middle of the lake.

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Scappoose, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

A stunning lake with a variety of activities - from hiking to renting a taxi to drive you around it to taking a boat ride, there are numerous ways to view this stunning and sacred body of water. Give yourself the better part of a day if you want to hike around it and enjoy it. We ran out of... More

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

Beautiful lake that can be viewed via an inexpensive boat ride, or on short hikes overlooking it. If this were in the U.S., visitors would be comparing its striking beauty to Crater Lake National Park.

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7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

Did the boat trip and was amazed at how good value everything is here. Saw the sulphur bubbles coming up from the bottom of the volcanic lake ... Was kind of glad to get off the boat !!! Fantastic place a must see

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