Cuicocha Lagoon Day Hike


Cuicocha Lagoon Day Hike


Enjoy the spectacular mountain countryside as you hike around the sacred waters of Cuicocha Lagoon. The five hour hike is straightforward and can be enjoyed by active people who love the outdoors. You will make a full loop of 12km around the lagoon with an average altitude of about 3250m. The tour group is small so you can enjoy an intimate experience as your guide explains the colorful flora and cultural rituals of the area. After the hike, we make a short visit to the famous leather town, Cotacachi before returning to Quito. Total hiking time is 5 hours.


  • Explore the beautiful Cuicocha lagoon
  • Possible views of Volcan Cotacachi
  • Photograph wild orchids & other alpine flora
  • Learn about the sacred rituals of the region
  • Visit the famous leather town of Cotacachi
  • Day: Thursdays
  • Departure time: 07h30
  • Tour Duration: 11-12 hours
  • Effort level: moderate to hard
  • Tour limit: 8 guests
  • Bilingual guide (Spanish and English)

Small Group Tour price

  • USD 65 per person
  • $25 deposit required to make booking
  • Balance to be paid on departure of tour
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Please Note: Should you wish to organize a Private Tour, please contact us for a quote and personalized schedule.  

Departure point: Plaza Foch (Your guide will meet you at the entrance to Juan Valdez Cafe). Click here for directions.

Directions: Reina Victoria, N 24-66 La Mariscal Foch, Quito

Time of departure: 07h30 (please arrive by 07h15)

Return point: Plaza Foch

Approximate return time: 18h30

Each guest must please bring their passport.

It is compulsory for guests to have personal medical aid & travel insurance. 

Please inform us of any current medical issues.

This tour is NOT recommended for travelers with heart, lung or back problems.

Travelers should have moderate physical fitness.

We regret no children under the age of 12 years.

Acclimatization: You will be hiking at around 3300 m in the Andes. Ensure you have spent at least 1-2 days in Quito before joining this day tour. If you have any doubts or concerns, please feel free to contact us.

Professional bilingual guide (English and Spanish) 

Shared transport with the other guests on tour

Packed lunch

All entrance fees (if required)

Gratuities (optional)

Snacks for hike

Personal hydration 

Please bring: Passport, small backpack, sun protection cream, sunglasses, cap, camera, snacks for hike, 1-2 liters of water/energy drinks

Wear: Comfortable loose clothing, good walking shoes and a waterproof jacket.

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions about this tour or wish to book private tour

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