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Cuicocha Lagoon Day Hike

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. 

Highlights

  • Explore the beautiful Cuicocha lagoon
  • Possible views of Volcan Cotacachi
  • Photograph wild orchids & other Andean flora
  • Learn about the sacred rituals of the region
  • Visit the famous leather town of Cotacachi

Tour Details

  • Private day tour with flexible schedule
  • Any day of the week
  • Departure time: 07h30
  • Hotel pickup/drop off in Quito
  • Tour Duration: 11-12 hours
  • Effort level: moderate to hard
  • Hike: 5 hours/12 km
  • Tour limit: 3 guests
  • Bilingual tour guide
  • Private vehicle transport

Price per person

  • 73
  • 3 guests
  • 110
  • 2 guests
  • 220
  • 1 guest
  • For bookings: Please pay a $60 deposit on our secure payment portal. Balance to be settled at the start of the tour.
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Tour price includes:

Bilingual tour guide

Private vehicle transport  

Entrance fees (if applicable) 


Excludes:

Gratuities (optional)

Box lunch  

Day snacks

Personal hydration 

Additional activities such as lagoon boat ride ($4-5)

Departure point/time: 

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:

Passport

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

Rain jacket

Camera

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.

Cuicocha Lagoon Day Hike
Cuicocha Lagoon Day Hike
Boat ride on Cuicocha Lagoon
Day Hike around Cuicocha Lagoon
Day Hike around Cuicocha Lagoon
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