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Cotacachi tourism


The city of Cotacachi is located 15 minutes from Otavalo, following the Panamericana north and taking a road to the West. The way is well sign posted.

Cotacachi offers you a unique experience in shopping for leather goods and handicrafts. You can find jackets, handbags, shoes, suitcases, belts and many other high quality products.

In the centre of town you will find many elegant shops exhibiting their fine products, most of which accept all major credit cards.

Also you will find many sites of interest like the main square and the church ´Matriz´, various museums and a special area to enjoy walking.

The perfect geographical location of Cotacachi, on the side of Volcano Cotacachi, allows you to experience a beautiful landscape and enjoy the fantastic natural surroundings.

Cotacachi has been declared an Ecological Canton and has received various acknowledgments and awards for its outstanding commitment to its cultural and environmental development.


Cuicocha lake


15 minutes from Cotacachi, following the paved road to the west, you arrive at the beautiful Cuichocha Lake.

Located at an altitude of 3,064 meters, the lake occupies the ancient crater of Volcano Cotacachi, and is still active. In the centre of the lake there are two beautiful islands made from volcanic rocks and local plant life.

Cuichocha is one of the most important attractions in the region for its outstanding landscape and ecological diversity. If you are lucky you can even see the flight of the majestic condor. It is part of the Cotacachi Cayapas Ecological Reserve which covers 204,420 hectares.

At the Cuichocha Lakes you can do different activities such as walking around the lake using the marked path, a guided trip in a motor boat around the islands or an interesting trip to the visitors centre managed by the Ministry for the Environment. Opening hours are everyday from 7:00 to 18:30

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