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Reviewed May 11, 2016

We spent a night here at the lake, did part of the hike from the main town and also hiked down into the crater to the lake. A really fantastic experience the only bummer is the hike down, the trail has totally been destroyed by erosion. It looks like it was a really nice trail not too long ago, but who ever designed it and whatever contractor ended up building it both need to be sued and have them build it again at their own expense. They must have expected it never to never ever rain in this place. So unfortunately the hike was a lot more complicated because of the terrible shape of the trail, but you could hire a donkey to come back up for $10.

Date of experience: May 2016
1  Thank Peter W
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Reviewed May 11, 2016

Laguna Quilotoa is a huge and lovely caldera with an excellent viewpoint just a few steps from the parking area. Unfortunately, the area around the viewpoint is spoiled by overdevelopment, but once you get past that and face the blue waters of the deep, deep caldera, the tackiness is easily forgotten. Good trails all the way down to the water. Take your time--the altitude will kick one's biscuits!

Date of experience: April 2016
Thank TMWildMed
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Reviewed May 8, 2016

It's a very nice and enchanting location. If you decide to go up by walking, congratulations cause the slope is very hard. A magnficient place to take good pictures.

Date of experience: July 2015
Thank Ka K
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Reviewed May 8, 2016

Even if you don't hike, go see this lake. Stay in a hotel for one night. Book a ride back to Quito in the morning (arrange ahead of time), stopping at the crater lake in the volcano (Laguna Quilotoa). It is the most beautiful lake I have ever seen in my 54 years of traveling. It is more turquoise than the Caribbean water which is saying a lot. You can even walk into the volcano and rent a boat. Make sure you can still do this after the 2016 earthquake. Go see the lake even if you can't hike to the bottom. Make sure you see the lake in the morning as the afternoon clouds and rain will block your view.

There are some shops and restaurants at the top. Some people sell items out of their living rooms. I bought several inexpensive brightly colored earrings this way.
There are no other attractions in the vicinity. The 3-hour trip from Quito is very interesting if you like to look at mountains and the way the people live. Most of the women dress in traditional clothing in these mountains unlike in the cities. Their feet must ache as they wear short black pumps to walk up and down these mountains.

Date of experience: February 2016
Thank Sharon H
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Reviewed May 3, 2016 via mobile

One of the most amazing landscapes I've ever seen! You can go around the crater (a trail of about 4 hours. I did it in this time, I'm not an experienced trekking person and took lots of photos on the way) and you can also go down to the lagoon in the crater (down and up again are another 1,5 hours walk). Don't do it with a tour guide or a big group, enjoy the nature by yourself! It's easy to get there: I came from Latacunga, take a bus at the terminal to Zumbahua (2 Dollars). In Zumbahua take a bus or taxi (5 Dollars, negociable!) to Quilotoa. In less than 2 hours I got there easily and it's way cheaper than paying 60 to 90 Dollars for a tour.

Date of experience: April 2016
1  Thank Siri S
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