Cuicocha, Cotacachi

#1 of 59 in Things to do in Imbabura Province
Must see · Water Body · Nature / Park
Densely forested mounds and volcanoes rise out of scenic Cuicocha, lending it a serene atmosphere. Many hiking trails and nature spots surround the hazy blue lake and provide ample viewing opportunities of the surrounding scenery, colorful wildflowers, and local bird population. The trails are best traveled clockwise, as the opposite direction is largely uphill. Make Cuicocha a centerpiece of your Cotacachi vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Cotacachi trip planner.
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  • Ibarra has many very beautiful places and the Cuicocha Lagoon is one of them that of course is really pretty, serene and cheap. I was there for the new year and I can enjoy traveling by boat, in a...  more »
  • The Cuicocha lagoon is located south of the city of Cotacahi, passing a town called Quiroga, you can go by car or hire a truck in the town of Quiroga, the road to the lagoon is paved and in very good....  more »
  • Beautiful, peaceful, must see
  • About one hour drive Northwest of the town of Otavalo, is Cuicocha caldera and crater lake. It is nearly 3km across and sits at the foot of Cotacachi Volcano in the Ecuadorian Andes. At the center of the lake sits two small islands. The bottomless blue water lake does not have any fish due to the volcanic gasses. The boat tour was great and informative.

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