Laguna Cuicocha Travel Guide

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Laguna Cuicocha Things to Do

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    by filipdebont Written Dec 27, 2003

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    Our guide told us that at the highest point of the hike, there was a cabin. And that was something to look forward during the difficult parts of the walk.

    But, I thought on a cabin like in Germany or Austria, where you can drink some soup, or eat something. But Oh no, it was no cabin at all, just a kind of wooden summer house. At that place we did eat our lunch packet (made by the hotel in Otavalo).

    And from that point we had a splendid view over the lake.

    And we did also see the all mighty Cotopaxi Volcano on the horizon. And thanks to my big tellers I could make a picture of this giant volcano (5897 metres). More information on this Volcano on my Cotopaxi page (will be made in the near future)

    Cotopaxi volcano
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    The volcano lake was also surrounded by high mountains, some of them the summit was completely covered with snow.

    But that was not always good to see, as the path twisted through the sloping landscape, and also because of the big clouds which covered the mountain summits.

    snowy mountain in the clouds
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    by filipdebont Written Dec 27, 2003

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    This picture proves what I have written earlier; there were two islands in the volcano lake.

    And if you make the picture bigger you can notice a white spot under the biggest island (on the right side), well that was the boat which was cruising around the lake.

    As you can see the view and the scenery was just great, and it was changing all the time as we walked around the lake.

    two islands in the volcano lake
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Laguna Cuicocha Warnings and Dangers

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    by filipdebont Written Dec 27, 2003

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    At first our guide had told us that the hike would be about four hours, but finally we needed six hours to complete the walk.

    Most of us just brought one bottle of water, so the last hour was pretty thirsty.

    Also because of the sun and the cold dry wind.

    So it is important to bring plenty of water, as there are no places along the volcano lake were you can buy something to eat or to drink.

    a long hike
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Laguna Cuicocha Tourist Traps

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    by filipdebont Written Dec 27, 2003

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    At certain points of the track the signs were missing, so some members of our group missed the fork of our hiking trail.

    It was only one hour later that they found out that they were wrong. So the walked for two hours more.

    Also the fact that we did the trail in the other direction, did not make it easier to find the right track, lucky for us some locals joined us, and like that we did stay on the right track.

    Fun Alternatives: take a local guide, as they know the direction and the right paths.

    in search for the right track . . .
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Laguna Cuicocha Favorites

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    by filipdebont Updated Dec 27, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Generally, the paths around the volcano lake were good. However in the second part of the walk, the descents were dangerous because of loose stones.

    Also at the end almost everyone was a bit tired, so the legs did not always do what the brains wanted to do.

    path around the vulcano lake
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