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Cotacachi Cayapas Ecological Reserve

Day visit from Quito:

Yes, often done so.

Driving time from Quito:

2.5 hours per way.

What is it?

It is a state-managed ecological reserve in the highlands of Ecuador, with a beautiful crater lake with islands in the middle. It is a still-potentially-active volcano.

What can you do there?

Hiking, sightseeing, museum visit, boat ride.

Possible / Suggested Overnight Town:

Tumbabiro, Otavalo, Hostel in the area.