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Cuicocha Lagoon Day Hike


Cuicocha Loop Day Hike from Quito


Enjoy spectacular mountain scenery as you hike around the sacred waters of Cuicocha Lagoon.  This 5 hour day hike is fairly strenuous, but not technical so can be enjoyed by active people who love outdoor nature. The tour group is small enough (max 8 people) so you can enjoy a more intimate experience while your guide explains the fauna, flora, history and culture of the area. If you lucky, you may even get glimpses of Cotacachi volcano as the clouds whisper past her. 

Who will this trip appeal to?

Hikers who enjoy non technical, but fairly strenuous hikes (4-5 hours)

Nature lovers who like taking photos of flora and fauna – but bear in mind you will need to keep pace with the guide ūüėČ

Mountaineers wanting to acclimatize


Hike around the beautiful Cuicocha Lagoon 

Possible views of Cotacachi volcano

Enjoy a picnic lunch with amazing views as far as Imbabura volcano

See wild flora and fauna

07h00 РThe Cuicocha Lagoon Day Hike departs from our designated meeting point outside Honey Coffee & Tea (get directions) in Plaza Foch. 

(Your tour guide and private transport will already be waiting for you outside the coffee shop.)

Please note that the below times are approximate:
08h00 РBreakfast at a local restaurant outside Laguna de San Pablo 
08h30 – Continue the drive to the Cuicocha (passing through the towns of Otavalo and Cotacachi)
09h30 – Arrive at reserve entrance (Cuicocha Lagoon)
09h45 – Begin the hike around Cuicocha
12h45 – Stop for a picnic lunch with incredible views of the lagoon
13h30 РContinue hiking 
15h30 РArrive back at the reserve entrance  
15h45 – Drive back to Quito
17h30 – Arrive in Quito

Tour ends at Honey Coffee & Tea in Plaza Foch

Professional English speaking guide

Private transport

Traditional breakfast

Picnic lunch

All entrance fees (if required)

Tips for guides (optional)

Personal hydration (bring around 2 litres of water)

Please bring the following: 

– Warm clothing (i.e. fleece) and waterproof jacket

– Suntan lotion, cap, and sun glasses

– Small backpack for water, snacks etc

Wear comfortable walking shoes 

Ensure you have personal medical aid and current travel insurance 

Please inform us of any current medical issues you may have

Acclimatization  РYou will be hiking to an altitude of around 3450 m. Please ensure you have spent at least 2 days in Quito before joining this day tour. 

If you are in doubt about your fitness or health – then please contact us on whatsapp (+593 939038138) or email:


  • 70 pp if booking for 3 or more people
  • 75 pp if booking for 2 people
  • 80 pp if booking for 1 person
  • This tour is limited to a maximum of 8 persons.

Please note: To make a booking, a 50% deposit will be required. 

View photos of our most recent trip Cuicocha

Cuicocha Lagoon Day Hike
View of Cotacachi volcano over Cuicocha Lagoon
Hike while you gaze down at the turquoise waters of Cuicocha Lagoon.
Cuicocha Lagoon Day Hike
Beautiful wild flowers can be seen on the loop around the Cuicocha lagoon

Please do not hesitate to contact us with a query about this tour