Cuicocha lake & Alpacas

Hike around one of the most beautiful lakes in Ecuador, with excellent opportunities to observe flora and fauna.
Day Tour (~7 hours)
By Duration: 1 day        By Destination: Cotacachi-Otavalo        By Interest: Hiking & Mountain Climbing || Birdwatching, Flora & Fauna ||


Surrounded by stunning landscapes, we will hike on the "Orchid Trail" where we will find a wide variety of plants, many of them with medicinal properties. During this hike, you will have beautiful views of the majestic crater lake Cuicocha (meaning "lake of gods"), and enjoy wonderful panoramas of the Cotacachi and Otavalo districts, which are widely known for their rich millennial cultures. Later on, we will head to the paramo grasslands on the flanks of Cotacachi Volcano near the community of Morochos to see Alpacas (Andean Camels) and learn about ancients weaving techniques.

Total duration: ~7 horas


Tour Itinerary*

After a 30min drive, we will hike for app. 4 hours on the orchid trail along Cuicocha crater lake and later on the Alpaca trail, in altitudes between 3000 and 3400 meters. After a box lunch we will get to see a herd of alpacas and learn about ancient techniques to breed and raise them. Then, in the rural community of Morochos, we will visit a local familiy that explains us the single steps necessary to produce their wonderful weavings and knitwear made of alpaca wool. After that demonstration we will take you back to your hotel.

Tour Start.- 7h30 am.- Tour start at Runa Tupari office in Otavalo

*Given times are approximate times only. Starting times and order of activities may be changed due to weather conditions, clients´preferences and other reasons.



Included services

 Transport, guide, box lunch, entry fees and demonstrations

What to bring?

Warm clothes, hiking shoes, hat, sun protection, camera, water, rain coat








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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.



How to find us


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