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Otavalo Ecuador, Cuicocha Lagoon

Cuicocha Lagoon is located 12 km southwest of Cotacachi and 14 km from Otavalo, is part of the Cotacachi-Cayapas, located between the provinces of Imbabura and Esmeraldas. She is trained in an ancient crater at the foot of the Cotacachi volcano, inside there are two islets called Teodoro Wolf and Jose Maria Yerovi. Furthermore it is known as the Lake of the Gods and in the indigenous language, tsui-cocha.

Data of interest

  • City:Otavalo
  • Sector:North
  • Address:14 km. Otavalo City
  • Schedule:Monday to Sunday 7:00 to 19:00
  • Cost of revenue:2.00 USD

 

 

Information of Cuicocha Lagoon

The Cuicocha was the maximum for religious sanctuary of its inhabitants and is located inside the crater Cuicocha that originated after a volcanic eruption thousands of years ago. It lies at an altitude of 3068 meters, the crater has a diameter of 3 km and about 180 meters deep. In the middle of it you can see how the gases are sent abroad. The water feeding the lake is from the melting of the volcano.

One of the most visited tourist destinations in Ecuador, and has an incomparable beauty and is rich in flora and fauna. The vegetation developed on volcanic lava, has more than 400 species, among them can be found ten varieties of orchids a suro known species of bamboo, medicinal and decorative plants such as cattails, ff, bromeliads, cerote, rosewood, pumamaqui, myrtle, red cedar, rumibarba, Calahuala.

You can also see animals like the guinea pig mountain, brocket, the wild rabbit, armadillo, the Andean fox, the Chucuri, and many birds such as pigeons, doves, hummingbirds, sparrows, blackbirds, owls and ducks. Privileged Sometimes you can see the king of the Andes, the condor, giving a high-flying by.

Tourists in Cuicocha can enjoy boating on its waters, kayaking skills, guided walks along a path length of 8 km Campuzano called Maxim Gorky. Here is the interpretive center is very well equipped, where you can visitors learn about the flora and fauna, and natural environment of the lagoon. The trail takes about four hours and is recommended for hiking.

Otavalo, Laguna de Cuicocha

 

Map Cuicocha Lagoon, Otavalo Ecuador

Map of Cuicocha Lagoon, Otavalo Ecuador

 

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