Lake Cuicocha Hike

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 ||



Description: We go with private transport to the entrance of the Cotacachi-Cayapas Ecological Reserve, where we start our hike (~4 hours) at altitudes between 3.100m and 3.500m (10.200-11.500ft). Along the way, we will enjoy the biodiversity of the area, the views of the picturesque Cuicocha lake and the two islands in its middle, as well as the panorama of Cotacachi, Imbabura and Cayambe mountains. The tour is completed with a delicious lunch.

Difficulty: easy-moderate

Total Duration: app. 7 hours


Tour Itinerary*


- 07:30 - meeting at Runa Tupari office in Otavalo (pick-up from hotel in Otavalo is possible), drive to Cuicocha Lake (~40min)

- 08:15 - start hiking around the crater rim 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, end of tour


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





Included Services

Guide, private transport, lunch, national park permit

What to bring?

 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






33 US$

30 US$

25 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.



How to find us


Tel: (+593) 06 2915977
Mobile: (+593) 0986775257