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“Walking around the crater rim is truly wonderful but make sure you come prepared.”
Review of Laguna Quilotoa

Laguna Quilotoa
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Private Cotopaxi Hiking and Biking Tour
Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Latacunga
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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.

Thank Randygit
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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.

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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

1  Thank Liesbeth G
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Reviewed September 8, 2013 via mobile

We did our tour ourselves without a touroperater. It is easy and way cheaper! We stayed in latacunga and that's a perfect place to start the daytrip. Prices at the touroperator are more or less $40 per person.
We took the bus from the busterminal in latacunga to zumbahua for $2 a person ( more or less 1.45 hour). From the busstop you have to take a pickup for maximum $6 total. The pickup will bring you to the crater in 10 minutes. From there you can walk down to the lake or walk around (5 hours) which is a good training for the cotopaxi. If you just want to enjoy the beautiful views i suggest to walk half way down and find a nice place to have a picknick out of the wind in the sun. The lake is beautiful but i would not recommend sleeping there because it gets really cold and there is nothing up there except a couple of hostels. On the way back we did the same (pickup and bus). At the end of the day we paid $18 instead of $80 for two persons. I highly recommend this lake to visit. Bring warm clothes because it can be cold and windy at the top. P.s. on the way back thereis a direct busif you are lucky. This saves you the money of the pickup.

Thank Bas-Sophie
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Reviewed August 15, 2013

It is a serious drive from Latacunga but it is al worth. You can decline at the inner of the crater and come back on the local horses ( it's depending on your physics what you choose ...:))

Thank Paul D
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