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Amazing hike along the Caldera of one of the largest crater's in the world. The trail well kept and exposed in the sun, so bring plenty of sunscreen and water.

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10 days ago

Great hike with amazing views of the laguna, would recommend going the counter clockwise route for the best route. The bathrooms, snack concession and water fountain are at the visitors center. Bring plenty of sunscreen and water since the trail is mostly exposed.

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10 days ago

Hiked from the parking lot to the glacier rim in May 2019 and there was plenty of snow covering the trail and it was extremely windy. Dress accordingly and wear the right footwear as the trail can be slippery and covered with snow/ice. Don't forget to bring your passport for a cool stamp at the glacier lodge where food, snacks, water fountain, restrooms and hot choco/ coffee are sold.

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21 days ago

Wow what a beautiful hike! I hiked this in December 2019. You must go with a guided group. I am someone who does not like group tours but I actually really enjoyed this one. The tour takes all day and you go at a leisurely pace so I think anyone can do it. Be prepared for the weather to change abruptly - in some areas the sun is beating down on you and in others there is a misty rain. We were lucky enough to see the volcanic crater from the top as the sun was shining but rain came in very quickly. You cannot miss this hike when visiting the island!

Correcto the dame as Cuicocha (Lake of Guinea pigs)

hiking
2 months ago

The trail is paved. It’s a decent walk, so o would recommend not wearing flip flops. Shade is limited and it gets hot! There is a gazebo along the trail to take a break and there are facilities at the entrance to the trail. The trail ends at the beach where you can turn right and walk down to a where the marine iguanas hang out, if you go a little further there is a bay where you can take a swim. If you are lucky you may also see a blue footed booby on the rocks along the side of the bay. This trail can get busy and hot so I recommend going first thing in the morning.

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rocky
scramble
3 months ago

Beautiful hike to Central Ruminahui summit. Rolling hills and gradual incline to begin, then a steep scramble to the summit. Lots of wind throughout the last mile.

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blowdown
3 months ago

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no shade
3 months ago

the walk to the beach was hot, we went mid day. the best time to go would be as soon as the park opens the trail in the morning. the beach is beautiful, there are nice waves to go surfing. and there is a lagoon that you can go swimming in. you get to see Marine iguanas swimming and relaxing on the beach.

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no shade
3 months ago

you see alot of frigate birds and some sea lions. there were blue footed boobies and land iguanas as well. we went in the middle of the day, the sun was hot

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rocky
3 months ago

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bugs
no shade
3 months ago

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4 months ago

ELEVATION DISCLAIMER! Living at Sea level and going straight from the airport to quilotoa was not advisable. We did this because of time constraints and paid a bit. Severe headache night before. May want to follow acclimation guidelines to fully enjoy! Other than that, the hiking was amazing. To have a really simple trip, contact Lincoln, a guide, that will remove all the language barrier and transit problems! Here's his number: 011 593 98 704 3277

on Laguna Cuichoa

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike with awesome vistas and beautiful wild flowers including many amazing orchids. The first half of the hike is challenging especially when not fully acclimated to the altitude. We hiked through at least three microclimates; a very special hike. We took our time particularly appreciating the flora; about 6 hours.

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no shade
4 months ago

Boat cost $41 from Puerto Lopez ( 1 hour) Then is about 1 km up a trail, then 120 shitty stairs. This is where the trail splits. Left is harder. Up another trail about 2 km. Very hot and dry there. Lots of Blue footed boobies and frigates. Bring lots of water. Not an easy trail if your not in 1/2 decent shape .

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4 months ago

The name of this lake is Cuicocha, not sure why it's incorrect here. I think you can take a bus to get there but it doesnt always pass by on the way back. We paid a taxi $30 from Otavalo for the dropoff and pickup. An absolutely gorgeous trail - sign says the whole trail is a little over 8 miles. It's a one-directional trail: you must go counterclockwise, they are pretty serious about this. Bring a hat and wear plenty of sunscreen!! We left with some pretty gnarly sunburns. Temperature varies a lot so have layers you can take off and on. The views are phenomenal in all directions for practically the whole hike, especially on a cloudless day. Took us 5 hours and we felt sore and out of breath during some more rigorous parts. You will definitely feel tired and sore by the end of this hike, and after all the stairs, but it's so worth it!

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4 months ago

The view didn't change much around the caldera, but the hike is definitely worth it, and strenuous---more hard than moderate. We went clockwise, which helped with the weather (clouds moved in over the rim after we passed), but it left a lot of the difficult uphill portions for the end.

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muddy
no shade
rocky
4 months ago

Stunning scenery! Took us 4.5 hours to complete going clockwise (as shown on AllTrails), although passed others going opposite direction. Could have hiked it faster, but took many breaks for photos and admiration of the landscape. Would definitely rate this as hard hike. Had to climb several steep sections on the ascent and going down can be tricky as well, as is very muddy. Recommend sun block (no shade) and take your time. Look carefully for signs and markings. Some portions of trail not indicated well. Hitting the summit was worth the effort. Surreal hike along the ridge of the mountain. Beauty here is ineffable.

Pretty lake, but the hike itself doesn't add that much to the view from the lookout.

Recommend going off trail and through the polyepsis forest at the west end of the loop. Came back on the private road; don't recommend.

Nice and easy trail. Can’t be done without a National Park guide. Make sure you hire somebody from a local agency or do it upon arrival.

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muddy
private property
5 months ago

Private road you must pay to start. Then the road you hike on for 2 miles minimal elevation Change then last mile is quite steep. Note there is a false summit. No views of Cotopaxi or beyond today due to clouds.

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rocky
5 months ago

Did not get to summit due to storms but climbed to the small lake as well as up and down from the refuge 4x. Beautiful wildlife like vicuna can be seen and some nice flowers. the refuge is affordable and the food is good.

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5 months ago

Very fun, trail running all the way back down.

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