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Quilotoa Loop

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  • 2 hours

A caldera amid the Andes

Quilotoa, Ecuador

Quilotoa is a caldera in a volcano in the Andes. The lake, or caldera, is three kilometers (two miles) wide. The caldera was formed by the eruption of the volcano around eight hundred years ago. The water has a greenish color caused by volcanic minerals.

The summit can be reached by bus from Zumbahua or Latacunga. Guided hikes around the caldera are offered at low prices around the area.

The hike to the caldera’s view point lasts only about half an hour.

Camping is permitted at the bottom of the crater and there are many hostels and lodges at inexpensive prices offered as well.