Cuicocha Lagoon Day Hike


Cuicocha Lagoon Day Hike


Join our day hike around Cuicocha Lagoon and enjoy the spectacular mountain countryside as you hike above the turquoise  waters. The five hour hike is straightforward and can be enjoyed by active, fit people who love the outdoors. You will make a full loop of 12km around the lagoon with an average altitude of about 3250m. This is a private tour so you will be able to enjoy an intimate experience as your guide explains the colorful flora and cultural rituals of the area. After the day hike around Cuicocha Lagoon, 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: Monday - Friday
  • Departure time: 07h30
  • Tour Duration: 11-12 hours
  • Effort level: moderate to hard
  • Tour limit: 3 guests
  • Bilingual guide

Price per person

  • USD 95 (3 pax)
  • USD 140 (2 pax)
  • USD 280 (1 pax)
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Departure and Return point: Your hotel in Quito

Time of departure: 07h30 (please be ready by 07h15)

Approximate return time: 18h30

Each guest must please bring a copy of 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.

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) 

Private transport

Box lunch

All entrance fees (if required)

Gratuities (optional)

Snacks for hike

Personal hydration 

Please bring: Passport, small backpack, sun protection cream, sunglasses, cap, buff, 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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