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Quilatoa Lagoon

It was a cold and blustery day, but the weather seemed to suit the location. Quilotoa Lagoon is a water-filled caldera and the most western volcano in the Avenue of Volcanos. The 2 mile-wide caldera was formed by the collapse of the volcano about 800 years ago. The lake changes color depending on the weather. It can vary from turquoise to green, to even a yellow on some days. 
Quilotoa Lagoon
Quilotoa Lagoon (Laura Cahill)

Quilotoa Lagoon
Quilotoa Lagoon (Laura Cahill)

The indigenous community surrounding the lagoon have started some community based tourism projects horseback rides to the bottom of the lagoon, guided hikes in the area, a market to sell handicrafts and paintings. There are hostels and cafes to stop in and warm up!
Quilotoa (Laura Cahill)

Horse in Quilotoa
Horse in Quilotoa (Laura Cahill)

Handicrafts shop in Quilotoa
Handicrafts shop in Quilotoa (Laura Cahill)

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