Latacunga, Ecuador

Located in the centre of Ecuador, Latacunga is a small city of 100,000 inhabitants – most of them indigenous. Just 1.5 hours south ($2.35 USD) of Quito, Ecuador and 25km from volcano Cotopaxi, Latacunga is a popular transit city.

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While not worth a stop on its own, Latacunga is a pleasant city to checkout for a day. I stayed here for one night before heading to hike the Quilotoa loop, Ecuador and I was able to see the city in just a few hours.

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There is nothing in Latacunga I would consider a ‘must-see’, but the central park stands out as the nicest area in the city!

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Furthermore, despite prices in Ecuador already catering to the budget traveller, lunches in Latacunga can be found for less than $2 USD.

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This ‘menu del dia’ cost me $1.50 USD!

The last place to visit is the cemetery. Like most cemeteries in Latin America, the one in Latacunga is impressively large immediately attracts your attention.

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Sitting 2,760 meters above sea level, Latacunga is home to a cool and windy climate. Its proximity to the active Volcano Cotopaxi has resulted in the towns destruction 4 times but residents have thankfully avoided an eruption since 1798.

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With little to no foreigners roaming the streets, Latacunga is a nice spot to get away from the tourist trail for a few days. Also, if you’re planning to tour the volcano or hike the Quilotoa Loop (you should!), the city is a perfect jumping off point!

Gracias por leer : )

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