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“Beautiful lake but easy enough to do on a day tour!”
Review of Laguna Quilotoa

Laguna Quilotoa
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Quilotoa Lagoon Day Trip from Quito
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“Beautiful lake but easy enough to do on a day tour!”
Reviewed July 22, 2013

Lots of people go to Quilotoa to do the loop to acclimatise for Cotopaxi but we were travelling south and had already done Cotopaxi and we were running out of time so we did Quilotoa as a day tour which in fact I preferred.

We went on a Thursday so the tour started with a trip to Saquisili market which is fantastic and is made up of an animal market, craft market and local food market.

We then went on to see an artisan at work which was really nice and also stopped off at a local indigenous persons home which was really interesting.

Finally we went to the lake. Our guide asked us if we wanted to climb down to the lake but as they were doing repair works to the normal route down it was a really steep climb down another path. As we arrived a bunch of 7 year old local kids were just coming back up from their walk down and were panting and sweating and struggling! My view was that if the local kids were struggling then I would really struggle so we said no! We walked instead around some of the rim of the lake up at the top and it was really stunning to look out at the countryside and down to the lake.

We then had lunch in a local restaurant which was lovely and headed back to Latacunga where we were staying.

There were a lot of hostels by the lake and they are building a lot more but there is little to do there and once you've seen the lake, you've seen the lake! I was glad we weren't staying to be honest.

It is a lovely thing to see and very unusual but I am not sure it's worth going to the massive effort it takes to get there unless on a day tour - we paid $40 for our tour and booked it through the hostel.

Visited June 2013
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“Beautiful - think carefully before you head down to the water!!”
Reviewed June 24, 2013

If you decide to walk down to the water thin twice about whether you have acclimatised!! There are plenty of horses to carry you back up if you dont think you can make it back to the top on your own. an nice alternative is to walk along the top of the crater - it is a very long walk if you decide that you wish to go all the way around!

The lake is stunning - on a clear day when it reflects the colour of the blue skies the water looks a stunnign turquoise colour.

new hotels and tourist office have just opened at the entrance ot the national park so the area is now well catered for. This isght is definitely a highlight of a trip down the centre of Ecuador and worth going out of your way to find - simply stunning

Visited May 2013
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“Beautiful!”
Reviewed June 11, 2013

Great place to relax with breathtaking views (literally). If not acclimatized the hike may be pretty tough, especially back uphill. The area is sparsely populated but you do have a few choices of hostels and restaurants, and a few artisan shops. The laguna itself is hard to get to, as others have said, but is absolutely worth it! I haven't seen anything like it.

Visited May 2013
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Quito, Ecuador
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“Quilotoa, excelent alternative for both national and international tourists”
Reviewed May 28, 2013

I have been pretty much all over the Sierra (Andean Region) in Ecuador and I think this place around Zumbahua and Laguna Quilotoa has some of the most gorgeous landscapes, with tall and impressive mountains and beautiful plains, being the lake in the Quilotoa crater the jewel of the crown.

Going down the aprox. 400 mts (1,300 Feet) from the rim to the lake is a 30-45 min steep hike but going up requires a little more than an hour if you decide not to take a mule for the climb.

It takes some 3 hours to get there from Quito, with a decent paved road. There is lodging and food available at moderate prices and interesting handcrafts in the Community Shop.

Excelent alternative for both national and international tourists.

Visited May 2013
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“Magical place!”
Reviewed May 16, 2013

A beautiful lake with turquoise waters very high in the Andes. It´s a bit far but is breathtaking, the water is very cold, but the landscape is really pretty. Worth the visit.

Visited October 2012
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