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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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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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
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 assuming you are going from Otovala. You would take a bus to one of two towns nearby and from there a taxi is $5 to the crater. You can have him pick you up at a certain time comin back or just snag a taxi dropping someone else off. You could also hitchhike back into town fairly easily if you are comfortable with that.