Laguna de Quilotoa, Ecuador. The crater lake of Laguna Quilotoa is nestled 3,800m high in an active Andean volcano. Located about 100 km south of Quito, the ‘Laguna,’ or lake, sparkles a beautiful emerald colour due to high mineral content in the icy water. The surrounding area offers stunning vistas with high mountain peaks and rugged Andean landscapes.
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Laguna de Cuicocha, Cotacachi, Ecuador: This reserve protects a huge swath of the western Andes. The range of altitudes, from Volcán Cotacachi to the coastal lowland rainforests, means an abundance of biodiversity.