The Laguna del Quilotoa is one of the 15 lagoons of volcanic origin appreciated as the most beautiful in the world according to Twistedsifter. In the article published by this website with the name "15 of the most beautiful volcanic lakes in the world" readers are invited to enjoy this mysterious wonder of nature through a photo gallery that describes the lagoons according to their charm.
The Quilotoa Lagoon and the beauty inside a crater
The Quilotoa is the westernmost volcano of the Ecuadorian Andes, within its crater has formed a caldera with a diameter of almost 9 km. This is the product of the collapse of the volcano, which occurred about 800 years ago. According to studies, the volcanic flow managed to reach the Pacific Ocean.
In the boiler of 250 m of depth, a lagoon has formed. The minerals have given the surface a greenish and bluish tone when it receives the impact of sunlight. Inside, there are springs that from the shore, can be perceived as bubbling stelae ascending to the surface.
The popularity of the Quilotoa is due to the beauty of its places and the spectacle of calm waters. In the community of Quilotoa, also known as the "Summit Route" and which is accessed by bus from the town of Zumbahua, visitors can do ecotourism and adventure tourism with a high dose of adrenaline or simply contemplate the nearby landscapes .
Even this place is close to what many investigators assume as the last dwelling of the Inca Atahualpa, reason why this was the last sacred route of the Incas. Visiting Quilotoa is an amazing experience approximately 4 thousand meters above sea level.
How to get ?
Tourists visiting the volcano and Quilotoa lagoon use the bus frequencies that daily and at different times depart for Latacunga and from this city, use the services that link Latacunga, Pujilí, Zumbahua (64.33 km) and from this town to Quilotoa (12.67 km). The approximate time of arrival from Latacunga to the Mirador de Quilota is 1 hour.
Where to Stay?
In the communities of Quilotoa, Zumbahua, Tigua, Shalalá, Chugchilán, Itupungo and Guayama San Pedro we offer lodging of different types, like hostels, hotels, cabins, inns and inns. They also rent horses and means of water transport such as kayaks and boats, supporting the practice of sports activities that take place in the radius of influence of the Quilotoa Tourist Circuit, such as Trecking, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Camping and Rodeo.
Trecking, hiking, cavalcade, camping and rodeo of height.
Between 3 and 15 degrees Celsius
Places of interest
Latacunga / Pujilí / Tigua / Quilotoa / Sigchos / Saquisilí.
Twistedsifter Source: http://twistedsifter.com/2012/05/the-most-beautiful-crater-lakes-in-the-world/
Original Source: http://www.turismo.gob.ec/el-quilotoa-considerada-una-de-las-lagunas-mas-bellas-del-mundo/