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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.
Cotacachi 100450, Ecuador
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been to Ecuador many times but here this was my first time to this crater lake. It's basically a day trip from Quito. The driving time to the gate from Quito is around 2 hours and then the hike around the crater took...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went in a tour that had a stop in this volcanic lagoon. The views are breathtaking and you can do a small boat ride around the slopes of the crater... If you have more time you can hike all the way around and see...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Anleavi
Reviewed April 14, 2019

This was a great, though intense hike. The recommended hours for the hike range from 3.5 hours to 5 or so. We did the hike in 3.75 hours and still stopped to catch our breath and get in some good pics. The distance for the...More

Date of experience: April 2019
1  Thank lunanegra5
Reviewed April 7, 2019

We have taken this hike three times now, each time friends come to stay. The full hike takes about 5 hours, but we took 7, and a million pictures. The restaurant at the boat dock does great meals, and the boat ride, at under $4...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Brisagent
Reviewed March 6, 2019

The crater lake is in the Reserva Ecologica Cotacachi not far from Otavalo. You can take a launch to one of the lake's island or hike around the rim of the crater - 14 kilometers. There is a restaurant on the rim.

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed February 26, 2019

This lake is about a 20 -30 minute taxi ride from central Cotacachi. You should make a deal with the taxi driver before getting in, including waiting time there if you want him to wait. When you enter the National reserve they asked for our...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Mayalavender
Reviewed February 25, 2019 via mobile

Was a great idea to visit here! The National Park have museum, banos, and route for walking around the lake.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank szecsenyi
Reviewed January 24, 2019 via mobile

Wonderful views, super well maintained trail. Easy access and great map. The flowers and trees along the trail are a constant surprise.

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank conniet164
Reviewed January 21, 2019

The views of this volcanic crater are amazing! We climbed to the top of the crater edge for an awesome view of the volcanic crater. We also took the boat ride to the center of the crater where the water is said to be 600...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Kidsaregone65
Reviewed January 15, 2019

A beautiful lake on volcano Cotacachi in the Imbabura province of Ecuador. Approximately a 4.5 hour hike for most, although several of us made the hike in just under 4 hours. The lake is visible throughout much of the hike, offering stunning views and photos...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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July 6, 2017|
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Response from michaelayala | Reviewed this property |
I have seen egrets over there
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
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