Blue footed booby (Kassi Miller)
Today is another hiking day! I have been itching to get up to Cuicocha Lake the whole time I have been in Ecuador. Cuicocha is a crater lake that lies at the foot of Cotacachi Volcano. The water of this lake is highly alkaline, lending a turquoise color to it. There are two small islands in the middle of the lake that have local deer populations. You can also climb the Cotacachi Volcano, though it's a long, arduous trip. We decide to hike around the lake instead, which takes us 6 hours.
After our long hike (with spectacular views), we head back to the hacienda to relax. I wander over to the equestrian center and pet the gorgeous horses in the paddock. Wish we had time to ride! We have dinner at the hacienda and head to bed early tonight.