Another volcanic wonder of the Ecuadorian Andes is Quilotoa. This crater lake is a caldera of an extinct 12,000-foot-tall volcano, where the intensely turquoise water forms the country’s most beautiful lake. Thousands of years ago the massive volcano that once stood there collapsed, leaving the crater to gradually fill with crystalline waters. Quilotoa is the western-most volcano in the Ecuadorian Andes. The 3 kilometers (2 mi) wide caldera offers amazing views from the top and is easy to access by car. The drive itself to this place goes through some spectacular scenery and passes small villages such as Tigua, famous for its naive style paintings. Zumbahua is also famous for its indigenous market on Saturdays.

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