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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