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Laguna Quilotoa
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Full-Day Quilotoa Lake Hiking Tour from Quito
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Reviewed March 9, 2014

Because we visited in March (rainy season) there were clouds all about, which pretty much hid the surrounding mountains, but were lucky that the lake was sunny. A beautiful spot. We did hike down --which was not easy. Trail was often washed out and one had to work to find a spot to place your foot. Keeping in mind, too, that you are at 13,000 feet --don't even think about trying to hike back out. It is steep and long. Downhill is OK. We arranged for mules to take us back out. ($30 for two). The owner walks along with you to keep them going. Very fun. Stunning views.

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Reviewed March 4, 2014 via mobile

Best thing I saw in Ecuador and in my top 10 South American sites. This place is beautiful. I was surprised how big it was when I got there, the pics really don't do it justice. When you first see it two things strike you, the sheer size and the colour of the water, it is so blue, turquoise you won't believe , and then when you see how small the boats look when you're at the top you realize how big it is.

Don't waste your money and pay for a your, I did this independently and saved a lot of money. Hostels will try and sell you a tour , just do what I did and not only will you save money, you will see the place at your own pace and be able to enjoy it to yourself.

I stayed the night in latacunga, not a great place but it's a base to see the lake. In the morning I went to the bus station and got on a bus to zumbahua. The bus cost nothing , can't remember the exact amount but something like two dollars. It took 2-3 hours , again my memory isn't so great but the bus was fine with great views. Once I arrived in zumbahua there are plenty of locals offering people lifts to the lake in Their pick up trucks. There were a few other people around looking for the same so we all jumped in the back of the pick up for 1 dollar each and were given a lift right up to the lake. Same applies for the way down, pick up trucks waiting for people , one dollar each back down and then buses leave frequently back to latacunga.

Once at the lake you can either walk round it which takes 5 hours, or do what I did and walk down the crater to the bottom which takes about an hour and half at a leisurely pace and taking lots of pics, which you definitely will.
At the bottom you might see al paca, and you can get a boat in the lake. Getting back up is quite a mission. Takes 2-3 hours strolling and is all uphill. You will be exhausted by the time you get there, but it's al worth it for this wonderful sight.

One more things to add. Get here early , you want to see the lake before th clouds come and obscure the views. Seeing the sun shine down in this lake in unbelievable so get there for 12 at the latest, at about 3 clouds start to appear and once it gets to about 5 a lot of the crater is obscured by cloud so don't make the mistake of not seeing this gem at it's best.

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Reviewed February 15, 2014 via mobile

Quilatoa is soooo far and off the beaten track but it is completely worth it!!! Ecuador is so gorgeous and this is one of their gems!! We didn't arrive with time to walk down but we will definitely return to do it all!! There is an Artesan Market up there also and there prices are some of the best in the Country!!!! Will be back!!

1  Thank Peipeifranco
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Reviewed January 8, 2014

It is beautiful place. The views are breathtaking. The path down to the lagoon is sandy and not firm, good walking shoes will make the walk easier. If you wish you can have a swim or go kayaking. And for your way back up you can either walk or take a mule ride (cost $8). I got there using CarpeDiem Adventures travel agent who organises a day trip to Quilotoa from Quito ($45 inc transport, bilingual guide, breakfast, lunch). Definetely a must see! :)

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Reviewed December 26, 2013

You must go here, it's beautiful. We drove here from Latacunga and it was a two hour drive. The drive itself was one of the most beautiful drives we did during our stay in Ecuador. The small towns you go through are worthwhile as well. There aren't a lot of amenities in the town, like places to eat, but there are bathrooms and places to find bottled water and other drinks. We didn't end up walking all the way down, because when we got there we didn't think it would be worth it. The views are best from on top.

Thank Nina T
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