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Latacunga Travel Guide: 47 reviews and 152 photos

Latacunga is situated along the Pan-American Highway, 89km south of Quito. It is a quite large town with about 52 000 inhabitants. As Latacunga is situated at an altitude of 2850m it can be quite cold, especially at night time, and the average temperature is 12°C. Latacunga was founded in 1534 under the name of Asiento de San Vicente Mártir de Latacunga. Since than it has been destroyed several times by earthquakes and eruptions of Volcán Cotopaxi, which is only 25km away. Only between 1698 and 1798 Latacunga was destroyed four times by earthquakes and in 1742, 1768 and 1877 it was destroyed by Cotopaxi. Despite all these natural disasters people of Latacunga has rebuilt their town and in the centre many old buildings has been preserved. Walking around in Latacunga you will come across several plazas and historical buildings, and on clear days you might see Cotopaxi from some locations in the town. The historic centre of Latacunga has been a Cultural Patrimony of Ecuador since 1982.

Many tourists come to Latacunga on their way to or from the Quilotoa area, or to make tours to Cotopaxi and Los Ilinizas, to visit the market in Saquisili or the famous Mama Negra festival in Latacunga. Even if there were many tourists at the hostel where I stayed I didn’t see many tourist while walking around in town. I visited Latacunga both in 2011 and 2012.

I have more information about Cotopaxi and the villages around Quilotoa on their separate pages: Cotopaxi, Isinliví, Sigchos, Chugchilán, Quilotoa, Tigua and Zumbahua.

  • Last visit to Latacunga: Jul 2012
  • Intro Updated Sep 7, 2012
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  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Sep 27, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    The places you have shared are so charming and beautiful! Excellent page Malena!

  • Regina1965's Profile Photo
    Nov 17, 2012 at 2:06 AM

    I like your detailed transportation tips on this page - very helpful for other travellers wanting to visit Latacunga.

  • yumyum's Profile Photo
    Oct 21, 2012 at 12:04 AM

    I like the snow covered volcano but that wouldn't be for me to climb ;-)

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      Oct 21, 2012 at 12:07 AM

      If you are very well acclimatized to high altitudes it is not very difficult to climb Cotopaxi.

  • hopang's Profile Photo
    Sep 3, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    Great Latacunga travel pages. Your climbing tour to Cotopaxi certainly sounds interesting. We certainly like to do it one day. The view of Volcán Cotopaxi is gorgeous indeed. Thanks for sharing these pages. ~ho & pang

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      Sep 3, 2012 at 9:11 PM

      Thank you Ho and Pang! Climbing Cotopaxi was defenitely a highlight and I hope to do more similar climbs in the future.

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Aug 31, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    Fatastic page Malena!

    • Yaqui's Profile Photo
      Sep 3, 2012 at 9:12 AM

      I am happy it is getting better.

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      Sep 3, 2012 at 9:23 AM

      Thank you Dee! I had no idea it was going to take such a long time to recover fully. I thought it was going to be normal immediately after I had taken out the pins.

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Mar 23, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    What a great destination, Malena !

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Feb 27, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Malena, gorgeous page with outstanding photos here. I especially like your practical transportation tips, which come quite handy for an individual trip.

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Feb 3, 2012 at 1:16 AM

    What a fantastic view from your Hostel, I doubt if you would tire of looking at that lovely mountain! Reading your tip's, sounds like it's an exremely cheap place to visit.

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Jan 30, 2012 at 4:38 AM

    Wow,that is an amazing main pic of the Volcano. Another captivating page of yours Malena. Lori

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Jan 17, 2012 at 8:59 AM

    Another super page about your Ecuador travels - definitely added inspiration for our trip later this year! I loved all the photos in your travelogues, especially the views of Cotopaxi and that super night shot of the church illuminated! The Mirador looks great, and the Cevicheria sounds very good - I love ceviche!

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