Cuicocha, is a wonderful lagoon located at the foot of the Cotacahi volcano, considered an ecological and mythological lagoon, in the middle of this lake three domes of volcanic rock stand out that make up two islets covered with vegetation separated by the "channel of dreams".
It is located within the Cotacachi-Cayapas Reserve. It is located 14 km from Otavalo and 12 km south-west of Cotacachi. After the Spanish conquest, Lake Achicocha, which means "Lake of the Gods", was called Cuicocha.
This majestic oxbow lake with crystalline waters and blue color is the result of the eruption of the Cotacachi Volcano, which occurred approximately 3,000 years ago. It is 3,068m above sea level. In its center there are two islets known as Yerovi and Teodoro Wolf, which are separated by the "channel of dreams".
This lagoon is considered as a spiritual place. Every year, in June, during the Inti Raymi festival, rituals and purification baths are performed as a token of gratitude to Mother Earth for the harvest obtained.
The Cotacachi Ecological Reserve is open to all public from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, access to the lagoon or reservation is completely free, it is only necessary to register with the guard at the main stop. At the entrance there is a variety of crafts and fabrics made of wool such as scarves, hats, gloves and ponchos.
Camping is not allowed in this place, but inside is the Cuicocha Inn, which has comfortable cabins that have splendid views of the lagoon. In addition, its strategic location makes it the ideal place to rest and enjoy the peace of the environment.
Some of the attractions that you can enjoy in this magical reserve are. The viewpoint of the Antenas: From this place it is possible to reach a panoramic view of San Pablo Lake and the cantons Otavalo, Atuntaqui and Ibarra, as well as the moors of Mojanda and more towns of the Inter-Andean alley.
Enjoy the landscape: This is the first thing you will fall in love with the majesty of the three-kilometer-diameter lagoon and its crystalline waters and the islets Teodoro Wolf (the largest) and José María Yerovi.
The Crafts: Upon entering the place we find some craft stalls with leather goods such as straw hats, jewelry made in tagua, wallets, wallets, belts, luggage, shoes, clothing, among others. Woolen fabrics and more.
One of the sports that you can practice is the Kayak: The tourist can rent canoes that have the lodges of the place, canoes for two people, with their respective oars and life jackets.
In addition, the tourist can take a course of a day and a half, which starts on Friday, you learn the technique in the handling of the oars and you lose the fear of the lagoon.
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