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“An amazingly natural, mirror-green crater lake.”
Review of Laguna Quilotoa

Laguna Quilotoa
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Quilotoa Day Trip from Quito
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$98.00*
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Quilotoa Lagoon Day Trip from Quito
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Day Trip to Quilotoa Crater Lake from Quito
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Reviewed January 2, 2013

I reached Quilotoa with a private taxi driver that I hired for a couple of days from my hotel Mansion Del Angel in Quito. I was truly fascinated by the breathtaking scenery and Quichua speaking indigenous people standing in front of their traditional grass roofed homes, or working on the steep fields with their primitive tools. I was even more fascinated reaching our last point of destination,the famous vulcanic-crater lake of Laguna Quilotoa, 3914 m above sea level, an amazingly beautiful crystal-blue lake, that the local people believe has no bottom. A cute 11 year old boy David accompanied me 400 m down to the mirror-green lake. When you ask the locals how deep it is, they inevitably say it has no bottom. The geologists say 250 m. We hiked down to the beach in half an hour. The hike back took us a little over 1 hour.You can rent donkeys to ride you back, if you get too tired. At the top of the crater lake you'll find a small market where you can buy products made by the indigenous people,paintings preserving the legends of the Andes, etc.

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Reviewed December 27, 2012 via mobile

We came from Banos, and the road in itself offered spectacular mountain views and we saw lots of indigenous people along the way. The lagoon is so beautiful, with its blue waters and mountains alongside. There's a cute cafe nearby that's also very charming and clean.

Thank Ashley K
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Reviewed December 23, 2012 via mobile

Yes, it was heavy, but so worth it! The walk around the crater lake had some parts, which were exhausting, but other parts are quite relaxed. The views are amazing!!
Few parts, especially on the 2nd half if you walk counter clockwise are quite dangerous, some maintenance is really needed there! Bring enough water and food and enjoy!

Thank Debbie d
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Reviewed December 14, 2012

Fantastic 4 day trek - Quiltoa loop. Fantastic guide, great places to stay, the most beautiful landscape, well looked after and the highlight of our trip. Lake is just stunning and a great end to an amazing trip.

3  Thank Redscooby
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Reviewed November 10, 2012

Close to Latacunga, Ecuador, old volcano. You go by bus up to 4000 m from sea level and you begin your walk down 400m to the laguna. Don't think it is easy - there is too much sand, it is hard sometimes. Hire a horse to go back (around USD 8,00); believe me, it is worth. The way up is very difficult. The weather changes suddenly. Take your pictures going up and down; you never know how the landscape is going to be sometime later. Buy the trip from a travel agent - lunch is included but you have to pay the entrance (around USD 3,00).

Thank Rosana49
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