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“Spectacular, no need for a tour!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Laguna Kilotoa

Laguna Kilotoa
Road Northwest of Latacunga, Latacunga, Ecuador
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Ranked #1 of 4 Attractions in Latacunga
Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
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Sydney, Australia
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“Spectacular, no need for a tour!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

We followed the advice of davidzet, and did our own DIY day tour from Latacunga. With a little research, you can find buses from the main bus station in Latacunga for a few dollars each, each way. The journey takes about 60-90 minutes each way.
You either want to get a bus directly to Quilotoa (less frequent), or a bus that goes to Quevedo and get off in Zumbahua (more frequent), then get a taxi/combi up to Quilotoa.
Our bus up was pretty shabby, and they pack the locals in with no standing room left, quite an adventure. The bus back was more relaxed, but the scenery along the way is amazing.
The crater and lake are spectacular, and I could easily have spent a lot longer there. We didn't hike to the bottom, other people have told me it is worth it, but a long hard slog back to the top.
There are a few restaurants and hotels in Quilotoa, but all looked very basic. We had a good, cheap almuerzo in one place opposite the crater viewing platform, but I developed gastroenteritis the next day, so pick carefully!

Visited February 2014
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“Fantastic view”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

If you are ever in the opportunity to visit Lake Quilotoa please do so, because it is amazing! Especially if you do the hike from Quilotoa lake towards Chugchilan!

Visited March 2013
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Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
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“Walking around the crater rim is truly wonderful but make sure you come prepared.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014 via mobile

It's a fantastic hike round the crater rim. Takes between 3-5 hrs depending on how quick you go and there's a fair old bit of scrabbling through rocks but it's worth it on a clear day. If there's mist I wouldn't bother.

We had views to Cotopaxi, and weather that would hide the lake from us at times but reveal its beauty a few moments later. We actually lost the trail in the fog and descended into the crater so word to the wise..... Don't deviate away from the top of the rim or it's a harsh climb back.

Weather changed from bright sunshine, to deep fog to sunshine and wind to rain very rapidly so bring sunscreen, water and a few extra layers in case.

Visited January 2014
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Berkeley, CA
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“No need for a tour!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

You can see the lake (and hike down/back) as a daytrip from Latacunga.Take the bus to the town nearby (forgot the name) for ~$2, then wait for a bus (if you're lucky) or hire a jeep ($5) to get back to the PanAmerican and catch a bus to latacunga. Recommend AGAINST donkeys for the walk back up; looked pretty uncomfortable.

Visited December 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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“One of the best hikes we have ever done”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

We did a six hour walk from the lake to chugchilan and it was lovely, wi excellent views and diverse scenery the whole way. Starting at the lake is stunning, and the walk down to the canyon is also spectacular. The walk does have some more challenging sections, on the downhill part, it can be a little slippery. We would also highly recommend having a guide. Our guide Miguel was knowledgeable and very friendly. We booked through our hostel the Black Sheep, which ment that Miguel was paid directly - unlike many hostels the Black Sheep takes no part of the fee, which we appreciated

Visited December 2013
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