CUICOCHA LAGOON DAY HIKE
Enjoy a unforgettable day hiking around the stunning Cuicocha Lagoon near Cotacachi. The five hour hike above the turquoise waters of Cuicocha is straightforward and can be enjoyed by active, fit people who love the outdoors. 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.
Price per person
Tour price includes:
Bilingual tour guide
Private vehicle transport
Entrance fees (if applicable)
Additional activities such as lagoon boat ride ($4-5)
Your hotel in Quito at 07h30
What to expect:
Cuicocha Lagoon is located in near the town of Cotacachi, two hours north of Quito.
You can start hiking at around 10 am. The full loop around Cuicocha lagoon is 12 km long at an average altitude of 3 250 m. The hike is very scenic and one can take photos of the beautiful orchids and wild flowers. The views of the lagoon are also stunning! The path is well maintained and has some undulating sections. There are also a few huts where you can take a break and eat your lunch. The hike is 5 hours long and therefore is suitable for fit and active people only! The tour is flexible, so you can also opt to do a shorter walk around part of the lagoon and then take a boat ride around the twin islands of Cuicocha. The boat ride costs an extra $5.
Afterwards the hike, you can make a short visit to the town of Cotacachi before returning to Quito. Here you can browse the leather shops that are famous for their leather handicrafts.
Return point/approximate time:
Your hotel in Quito at 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. The hike is 5 hours long and therefore is suitable for fit and active people only!
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.
What to bring:
Box lunch, snacks and 1-2 liters of water/energy drinks
Extra cash for refreshments on the way
Sun protection cream
Hat/cap, buff, sunglasses
Light fleece jacket
Small day backpack (15 Liters)
What to wear:
Warm comfortable clothing for hiking
Walking or hiking shoes.
Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions about the Cuicocha Lagoon Day Hike.
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