The Quilotoa Lagoon is one of the 15 most beautiful lagoons of volcanic origin in the world. This tourist place is located in the Zumbahua parish, of the Pujilí canton, in the province of Cotopaxi, Ecuador.
Quilotoa is a western volcano of the Andes,within its crater a boiler with a diameter of about 9 km has been formed, due to the collapse of the volcano, which occurred 800 years ago, where the volcanic flow reached the Pacific Ocean.
This incredible volcanic lagoon has a height of 3,814 meters above sea level, and is considered one of the most visited destinations in the country. There are many national and international tourists who visit this lagoon frequently.
The Quilotoa has a water of greenish color, but when the sun is strong it makes that it takes a blue color, falling in love to anyone who sees it.
To get to this place is very easy, you just need to have patience and desire to venture. The cost to get here is accessible to your pocket, pay attention to the following recommendations so you can know the Quilotoa lagoon.
Here I will give you two routes, so you can start your trip to Quilotoa.
Route Guayaquil - Quilotoa:
If you are in Guayaquil, the first thing you should do is take a bus that goes to Quevedo, usually the ticket is at $ 6.00 or $ 6.50, I recommend you leave early, because the trip lasts 4 hours.
When you get to Quevedo do not waste time, go directly to the Cotopaxi cooperative, This is the only route that takes you to Zumbahua, which is the gateway to Quilotoa, the trip lasted almost 2 hours. (This option I found on Turi.com.ec)
But if you are a person who does not like to bustle a lot, you can choose the next option. Buy a ticket from Guayaquil to Latacunga, capital of Cotopaxi, the value is $ 9.50, the trip will be direct and the time is 6 hours. You will arrive at a small terminal. Here you will take a bus that in two hours will take you to the entrance of the Zumbahua parish. The cost of the ticket is 2 dollars.
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If you are in Quito it will make you easier to reach. You can take a bus that takes you to Latacunga, the value of the ticket is not more than 3 dollars. The Viveros cooperative takes you directly to the Quilotoa lagoon, the trip will last approximately 2 hours.
The activities that you can do in this turquoise volcanic lagoon are several such as: Visit Mirador Shalalá, Hiking and hiking, Kayak, Camping, Horseback riding.
Undoubtedly the most striking is the camping. Spend a night near the Quilotoa lagoon is something magical, you can see the gigantic moon, appreciate the stars and listen to the relaxing music provided by nature.
If you only think about going for a day, you can stay in one of the communities of Quilotoa, a room does not cost more than 10 dollars, they offer you hot water and Internet. The food is accessible is from 5 dollars.
Dare to explore this wonderful volcanic lagoon located in Ecuador, the country of the 4 worlds.
If you have visited Quilotoa, tell us in the comments what activities you did and what you liked most about this magical place.