Welcome to Reserva Ecológica Cotacachi-Cayapas
Less than hour's drive east are the popular Chachimbiro hot springs, a Disney-like complex with pools to suit all tastes and some spectacular views. A round-trip taxi from Cotacachi with a stay of several hours is $50. To save some money, take a bus to Quiroga from Cotacachi ($0.35, five minutes) and hire a taxi or colectivo at the plaza. Further west in the high páramo is Laguna de Piñán, with mesmerizing vistas and hiking trails – contact Runa Tupari in Otavalo for organized trips.