The Quilotoa laguna is one of Ecuador’s most spectacular sites, although relatively removed from the beaten path. The crater lake was formed when the volcano erupted in about the thirteenth century AD. It is about 250 meters deep and is characterized by its stunningly bright turquoise color. Visitors can either hike around the perimeter of the laguna, without descending to the level of the water, or they can hike down the steep, sandy slope and back up. Entrance to the park costs $1 per person.
Quilotoa Lagoon has become in recent years into a tourist attraction for visitors to marvel at the water and the lifestyle of the inhabitants. Around the lake Quilotoa animal species can be seen as: the wilderness wolf, fox, rabbits, deer, cervicabra, among other species.
The landscape is filled with crops of different colors, even in the roughest sides of the mountains. Llamas and sheep are part of daily life. These animals will provide food, wool for clothing and fabric as well as being a means of transport.