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“Beautiful volcanoes” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Laguna Cuicocha

Laguna Cuicocha
Otavalo/Cotacachi area, Otavalo, Ecuador
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Ranked #1 of 15 Attractions in Otavalo
Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking
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Owner 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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“Beautiful volcanoes”
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!

Visited May 2014
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“Great hike”
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 for changing weather conditions,
There's also a short boat ride into the lagoon for $3.25, which gives you a little different perspective. The ride includes a coupon for a free hot cinnamon water, which was something different.
There are a number of vendors set up near the boat dock...you'll spend less on souvenirs in either Cotacachi or Otavalo

Visited June 2014
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“a pleasant way to spend an hour”
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!

Visited June 2014
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“Hike a Crater Lake with Stunning Views”
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.

Visited May 2014
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“Guinea Pig Islands”
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.

Visited December 2013
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