The Quilotoa is a crater lake, with a width of about 3 kilometres, that was created after the collapse of a volcano that erupted some 600 years ago. The caldera has an estimated depth of 250 metres; however, a popular legend insists on the fact that the lake is bottomless...
After driving to the crater rim with the motorbike, I did a hike around the ancient volcano. This hike is only about 10 kilometres, but I still needed 5-6 hours to complete it.
The trail is very steep and goes through three old lava domes at altitudes of 3810, 3894 and 3930 metres. The lake surface is at 3500 metres.
The scenery is fantastic. On one side, there are views on the Laguna Quilotoa, and on the other side, one can enjoy views on villages and farming lands.