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Laguna Cuicocha

Cotacachi 100450, Ecuador
+593 6-301-7219
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Located west of the Chota River, this extinct eroded volcano is best known for its deep crater lake and two lava islands.
  • Excellent59%
  • Very good33%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“boat ride” (43 reviews)
“crater lake” (43 reviews)
“great hike” (17 reviews)
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Cotacachi 100450, Ecuador
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"boat ride"
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"crater lake"
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"great hike"
in 17 reviews
"beautiful scenery"
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"hour hike"
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"nice view"
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"trout"
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"guinea pigs"
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"takes hours"
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"counter clockwise"
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"visitor center"
in 7 reviews
"short hike"
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"hiking trail"
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"high altitude"
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"active volcano"
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"natural beauty"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely natural beauty - recommend taking the boat trip - about 45 minutes length and approximately $10 per person. If you stay in front of the boat you will get slashed. And bring a hat. It gets windy. In the boat ride price they give...More

Thank ana802
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Reviewed March 19, 2018

Great scenery. Unbelievable colors. The volcan dominates all. One feels the greatness of the world. A must see place in the region. Easy to drive, sufficient parking.

Thank h0tel_buster
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Reviewed March 8, 2018 via mobile

A hidden gem in Ecuador highlands. This is a must visit when around the area. We hike in a part of the trail, if you love outdoor activities this is a must!

Thank SamHill07
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Reviewed March 4, 2018

20 minutes outside of Cotacachi is this beautiful lake which has a 5 hr hiking trail around the lake. Go on a weekday to avoid the crowds

Thank Keith W
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Reviewed February 27, 2018

There is a trekking path with a spectacular view of the lake. The scenery is very beautiful. There are interesting plants to see.

Thank oly111
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Reviewed February 17, 2018

The trail around the lake takes you up high and is about a five hour hike--although it isn't that long--there are lots of stops for resting and viewing. We hiked in January and the day was pleasant with a mix of sun and overcast which...More

Thank wwrj
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Reviewed February 12, 2018

It is a volcano inside a lake, we made a short walk and then a motorboat ride with our guide Equator face travel. we agreed that his father was the native guide in the boat. Very good experience

Thank danielascilar
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Reviewed February 7, 2018

I had been here a few years back and wanted to enjoy it again with my family. We stopped in early afternoon and had to wait a few minutes for the boat ride to be set up. The ride itself can be cold and choppy...More

Thank Jim P
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Reviewed February 6, 2018

Laguna Cuicocha is one of the most beautiful places in beautiful country. The lake is incredible, nestled between the mountains. I deeply regret skipping the boat tour. Absolutely take the time to visit here!

Thank ATL_Jacket
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Reviewed January 17, 2018 via mobile

$6 taxi from Cotacachi and what a wonderful view. What use to be a volcano is now a spectator sight to see. Small shops and rest room as well as restaurant on site make for a lovely day. No Admission fee and you can take...More

Thank Jerri V
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TCTaylor2010
July 6, 2017|
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Response from michaelayala | Reviewed this property |
I have seen egrets over there
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Mike_Sump
July 2, 2015|
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Response from ThatAneAdventure2017 | Reviewed this property |
I'm not sure the best way to hike it since I took the boat, but you are hiking around the crater rim and arrive at the same spot so you would have similar elevation differences either way. As far as getting there I'm... More
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Jared_Sternberg
January 13, 2015|
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Response from michaelayala | Reviewed this property |
i´ve done it with either running shoes or hiking shoes. Not an issue
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