Cuicocha Crater Lake is located in the Cordillera Occidental of the Ecuadorian Andes, at the foot of Cotacachi Volcano. This lagoon is 3 kilometers wide, and its name translates to the lake of Guinea Pigs as it resembles the shape of one. It was derived from the Kichwa indigenous language. This caldera lake was created after a massive eruption occurred about 3100 years ago and covered the surrounding area by volcanic ash.
If you would like to get closer to the lake, there is a possibility to rent a boat to explore the lagoon. There is also a beautiful hiking trail all around the rim for the most impressive views. The whole trail take about 4 hours hiking, but you also have the option to hike an hour on the trail and then return the same way for a more gentle visit and incredible views.