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Cuicocha lagoon

Volcano-lagoon of legends and mysteries

•type:

•interest:

NATURAL

LAGOON

•location:
COTACAHI CAYAPAS NATIONAL RESERVE
•country:
ECUADOR
 

Cuicocha lagoon

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ABOUT - 

Cuicocha lagoon

Cuicocha lagoon, also called “Lagoon of the Gods” or “Tsui Cocha”, is located in the Cotacachi-Cayapas natural reserve, 13 km from Cotacachi canton, province of Imbabura, northern of Ecuador. It originated from the Cotacachi volcano implosion and has 2 islets in its center. The translation of its name would be “Lagoon of Guinea Pigs” because of the presence of these animals in its islets.

 

Its most representative plant is the totora “typha” and its waters are translucent and bluish. The visitors can take boat trips through the islets Yerovi and Teodoro Wolf and the “Dreamy Canal”; they can also practice diving, kayaking or trekking along the path that surrounds it.

 

A legend tells that Cotacachi volcano was the son of the “Rucu Pichincha” (old man) and of the Cotacachi or “Huarmi Huasi” (female hill), and one day the two mountains argued and the father took the son (the “Guagua Pichincha”, a mountain located next to the city of Quito). In the site there was a hole which later became a lagoon because of the mother’s tears.

 

Cuicocha has the form of an enclosed bowl between mountains. By visiting the islets it is possible to observe bubbles in the water, which emerge from the depths in gushes. Supposedly, the lagoon has no bottom. Several people have testified that they saw a mermaid or an ancient city on its vicinity.

 

Here, mysterious phenomena happen, such as the sudden change of the wind’s direction, it is said that this happens when Cuicocha is angry with the visitors and there also are disappearances, screams and weird sounds.

 

The water’s mirror is attractive for its color, but it also frightens, shudders. There is the legend of the gild guinea pig; the first person in seeing it becomes rich, and the second one changes into a duck.

 

PRACTICAL - 

Cuicocha lagoon

ADDRESS OR VENUE

OPENING HOURS (or DATE if it is an event)

Cotacachi-Cayapas Reserve, 13 km from the canton of Cotacahi

  • Monday to sunday from 07h00 to 19h00.

DISTANCE TO THE CLOSEST MAIN CITY

Cotacachi city - 14km - 9miles

DISTANCE TO CLOSEST INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Quito city´s airport - 107km - 66 miles

PROFILE

• Interest:

NATURAL

• Kind:

SYLVAN

• Min. visit time hours:

1

PLACE

• Class:

3250

• Altitude meters:

LAGOON

• Type:

10662

• Altitude feet:

• Max. visit time hours:

6

RELATED ACTIVITIES

RELEVANT CATEGORIES

VISITS:

  • Panoramic sightseeing.

  • Guided visits.       

  • Independent visit.       

  • Experiential journey.       

DEPORTIVAS:

  • Walking.

  • Trekking.

  • Running.

  • Camping.

  • Kayaking.

  • Horse ridding.

SPECIALIZED:

  • Bird watching.

  • Wild life watching.

  • Geo interpretation.

  • Natural National Heritage.

  • National protected area.

ENTRANCE FEE

  • USD 1,50 for all ages.

WHAT TO TAKE WITH YOU

  • A hat.

  • Sunscreen.

  • A camera.

  • A video camera.

  • A cellphone.

  • Binoculars.

  • Warm clothes (depending on the weather).

  • Comfortable shoes.

  • Walking sticks.

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Cuicocha lagoon

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