HIKING CUICOCHA AND OTAVALO MARKET
Located about 55 km north of Quito, Otavalo area is probably the most visited area after Galápagos and Cotopaxi National Park. On our way to Otavalo we will visit the Equator Solar Museum. The Province of Imbabura and its lakes are recognized as one of the most scenic Páramo in the northern highlands. Its easy trails, lakes and peaks are a kind of invitation for those who seek for a soft hike and personal encounter with the local culture and traditions. There are two small islands into the lake as the result of the previos volcanic activity.
Summary of the Cuicocha Hike and Otavalo
Day 1 – Quito – Otavalo Market – Mojanda Lakes
Departure from Quito towards Cayambe city, where we will do a short brake to visit the Equator Solar Museum before we arrive to Otavalo Market at the base of Imbabura volcano, Saturday is the largest market day but during the week it is also open. In the afternoon we will drive up hill to Mojanda lakes and do a hike in the Paramo. If time allows we may climb to Fuya Fuya peak or hike around the lake. Back to our mountain lodge in the area for diner overnight.
Day 2 – Cuicocha lake Hike
After breakfast we will bring you to Cuicocha lake, a wonderful area for hiking, located at the bottom of Cotacachi volcano, Actually, Cuicocha crater edge is the remain of Cotacachi’s volcanic eruption that hold inside a lake and two small islands. This is an easy hike around the crater (5 hours) decorated by a lot of plants species and flowers .Late afternoon you will drive back in Quito.