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 visit to one of the indigenous communities in the valley. Here you will enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by the host family. Total hiking time is 5 hours between the altitudes of 3250-3450m.


  • Hike around beautiful Cuicocha lagoon
  • Possible views of Volcan Cotacachi
  • Take photos of wild flora and fauna
  • Learn sacred rituals of Cuicocha Lagoon
  • Cultural community visit
  • Home cooked traditional lunch
  • Day: Thursdays
  • Departure time: 07h00
  • Tour Duration: 11-12 hours
  • Effort level: moderate to hard
  • Tour limit: 8 guests
  • Bilingual guide (Spanish and English)

Tour Price

  • USD 85 per person
  • $25 deposit required to make booking
  • Balance to be paid on departure of tour
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Departure point: Plaza Foch (entrance to Juan Valdez coffee shop)

Time of departure: 07h00

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


Traditional lunch

All entrance fees (if required)

Gratuities (optional)

Snacks for hike

Personal hydration (bring around 2 liters of water)

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

Wear: Comfortable loose clothing, and good walking shoes, waterproof jacket in case it rains

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions about our tours.

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Cuicocha Lagoon Day Hike
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