In the province of Imbabura a few hours away North from Quito it is located Mojanda. Which is a complex of three lakes Caricocha (male lake) or big lake, Huarmicocha (female lake) or small lake and Yanacocha or black lake. The three of them are connected by different paramo paths and defended by two mountains the Fuya-Fuya 4263mt. to the East and the Yanahurco or Black Mountain to the west. Both are easy to climb, actually they are considered as altitude hikes, therefore recommended for soft trekkers and acclimatization for higher altitudes. A visit to the famous Otavalo Market is included. Around the Mojanda Lakes there is a lot of paramo (grasslands) vegetation and a native Andean forest which is of a volcanic origin.
The Fuya-Fuya is a mountain of 4263 meters that many hikers like. There are three paths that will take you up to its summit and from there it is easily to see the following volcanoes: Imbabura, Cotacachi and Cayambe. It takes around 2 or 3 hours to get to its summit and it is not so difficult. The representative vegetation of the paramo (grassland) is finding in Mojanda, like the chuquiraguas (flower of paramo), frailejones and other flowers and fungus. Andean Birds like eagles and owls could also be observed.
Day 1 – Otavalo and Mojanda Lakes
Early morning and depart in direction North towards Otavalo where we will stop to experience the famous and colorful market. Thereafter, we will head up to Mojanda Lakes at 3700mt. where you will do a short and gentle hike around the lake or over the North ridge of the crater edge at 4180mt. from this point we have a great view of San Pablo Lake and Imbabura volcano. Late afternoon you will be back in the cozy lodge for dinner and relax. (BL-D)
Day 2 – Fuya Fuya 4263mt. – Quito
After breakfast, we will drive back to the big lake and follow one of the scenic trails to the summit and enjoy the fantastic scenery of this area, In fact neighboring summits such as Cotacachi, Imabaura and Cayambe volcanoes will be observed. Afterwards, we will follow another trail in direction to the Black Lake where our vehicke will be waiting for us to drive back to Quito. (B/BL).