South America 2019-202x

unknown length - solo travel - Suzuki DR650

Laguna Quilotoa

July 2, 2019  —  Ecuador
Laguna Quilotoa - Ecuador

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...

Laguna Quilotoa - Ecuador
The Quilotoa Volcan as seen from a distance of about 4 kilometres.
Laguna Quilotoa - Ecuador
The Laguna Quilotoa in all its glory.
Laguna Quilotoa - Ecuador

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.

Laguna Quilotoa - Ecuador
Laguna Quilotoa - Ecuador
Laguna Quilotoa - Ecuador
Laguna Quilotoa - Ecuador
Laguna Quilotoa - Ecuador
Laguna Quilotoa - Ecuador
Laguna Quilotoa - Ecuador
Laguna Quilotoa - Ecuador
Laguna Quilotoa - Ecuador
Laguna Quilotoa - Ecuador
Laguna Quilotoa - Ecuador
Laguna Quilotoa - Ecuador
This dog would really like to be adopted by a hiker.
Laguna Quilotoa - Ecuador
The highest point of the hike at 3930 metres.
Laguna Quilotoa - Ecuador
Even Google can do better than this so-so translation.
Laguna Quilotoa - Ecuador
Laguna Quilotoa - Ecuador
Laguna Quilotoa - Ecuador
Laguna Quilotoa - Ecuador
The super photo with the motorbike...