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here i present you my somber, cloudy version of the famous quilotoa lagoon. since avene has already posted a sunshiny version of the lagoon, i decided to show it in a more disadvantagesous light. the cloudy setting is actually more prevalent there. at times, we could see the clouds literally crawl into the lagoon bowl... unfortunately, despite my wide angle, the perspective got rather compressed (in my opinion): it is not clear from the foto that right behind the foreground grass there is a 300 meter drop to the lagoon level. that's right, the lake itself is 300 meters below my POV.

-- background information:
"quilotoa (key-low-TOE-ah) is a water-filled caldera and the westernmost volcano in the Ecuadorian Andes. The 3 kilometres (2 mi) wide caldera was formed by the collapse of this dacite volcano following a catastrophic VEI-6 eruption about 800 years ago, which produced pyroclastic flows and lahars that reached the Pacific Ocean, and spread an airborne deposit of volcanic ash throughout the northern Andes. The caldera has since accumulated a 250 m (820 ft) deep crater lake, which has a greenish color as a result of dissolved minerals. Fumaroles are found on the lake floor and hot springs occur on the eastern flank of the volcano." [credits to wikipedia.org]

the site is owned by an indigenous kichwa tribe. supposedly, theirs is the only fully indigenous owned full-service hotel/restaurant/hostel complex in the country. a toll is collected (fair price) upon entering the village (i do not remember any other fees requested). the complex features a souvenir market, a simple, but delicious restaurant, a hostel, a soon to be finished hotel in construction and a viewing platform for less adventurous visitors.

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ps. it was suggested that the sky might be overexposed here: actually, the white blob on the left is a foggy cloud setting down into the valley right behind the lagoon. as far as i remember: the cloud was just that: white and featureless. actually, in terms of light, the brightest spot in the whole scene is around the 'annoying blue spot' in the sky and right under it. it seems - no overexposure there.

-- other quilotoa loop encounters from our trip i have gathered in a theme: quilotoa loop.

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