Cotacachi – Otavalo
Por Destino
1 day
By duration
Birdwatching, flora and fauna, Hiking and Mountain Climbing
By interest
Moderate – Easy
Nivel Físico

Description: We go with private transport to the entrance of the Cotacachi-Cayapas Ecological Reserve (RECC), where the walk begins (4-5 hours), at a height between 3,100-3,500m, savoring the biodiversity of the area, the view of the crystalline waters of the lake and the islets formed in its center, as well as the panorama of the Cotacachi, Imbabura and Cayambe volcanoes. We will finish the tour with a delicious lunch.

Difficulty level: easy-moderate

Total duration: ~7 hours

– 07:30 – Meet at Runa Tupari’s office in Otavalo (you can also be picked up from your hotel in Otavalo), drive to Lake Cuicocha (~40 min)

– 08:15 – Start the walk around the rim of the crater of Lake Cuicocha (~4 hours) with several stops along the way

– 13:00 – Drive to Cotacachi, lunch and free time to explore the city and its famous leather shops

– 15:00 – Return to Otavalo and end of the tour

*Hours are approximate. The starting times and the order of the activities can be modified due to weather conditions, client preferences or other factors.

  • Guide,
  • private transport,
  • national park permit

Mandatory: good walking shoes, sun protection, fleece/warm layer, water (min. 1 liter)

Recommended: camera, binoculars, rain coat, some fitness, some acclimatization to altitude

Optional: hiking poles






 85 US$

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35 US$

Prices are per person. Ecuadorian clients will be charged an additional 12% VAT.
Children under 2 years travel for free. Children 2-6 years pay half the price.

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