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Cotacachi Volcano


The 16,204 foot (4939 meters) dormant volcano dominates the landscape of the Cotacachi Valley and can be seen for miles. There is no discernible volcanic activity, though at times one can spot gas emissions coming from the bottom of Cuicocha Lagoon, the volcanic caldera created by the Cotacachi volcano. Between 1960 and 1980 indigenous men used to climb the volcano to extract ice to sell in the markets. Several tour companies offer guided hiking treks up to a 15,600 foot lookout. The hike usually takes 8-10 hours.