Cotocachi is a small town, which is most known for the nearby lake and natural park. The town doesnt have a lot to offer travellers, but the huge craterlake makes for an excellent destination for hikers. The hike around the lake is pretty tough if you are not used to the altitude yet, but it is definitely worth your time if you are willing to make the effort. The hike will take anywhere between 5 and 8 hours, depending on your condition and ability to deal with the altitude.

At the edge of the craterlake you can find a place to stay and a visitorcenter. You can also rent a boat to go on the lake.

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From 600 meters near Guayllabamba to 4,939 meters on top of volcano Cotocachi.



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