Cuicocha, Cotacachi

Densely forested mounds and volcanoes rise out of scenic Cuicocha, lending it a serene atmosphere. Many hiking trails and nature spots surround the hazy blue lake and provide ample viewing opportunities of the surrounding scenery, colorful wildflowers, and local bird population. The trails are best traveled clockwise, as the opposite direction is largely uphill. Make Cuicocha a centerpiece of your Cotacachi vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Cotacachi trip planner .
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  • As an avid international hiker, I was pleasantly surprised with how nice a hike the 8 mile rim trail around Laguna Cuicocha proved to be. This lake is very similar to the more famous Laguna Quilotoa, ...  more »
  • I took a 30-minute boat ride with the tour option ($3.50). The lakeside was windy, and my body got cold during the wait. When I got on the boat, it was quite cold with the wind and splashing. I should have brought my jacket. When I got off the boat, Canerasso was behaved.
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  • Great place, great scenery!
  • Perfect for hiking! 12km around the lake. About 500m ascent. The trail is well maintained and clean.
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