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2-day guided ascent of the Fuya Fuya volcano, Ecuador

Fuya Fuya
Fuya Fuya
Fuya Fuya
Fuya Fuya

Join Pablo, an IFMGA certified guide on this 2 day hike to Fuya Fuya! On this mountainous hike, you will see a beautiful mix of nature and ancient culture.

Group

Andes

2 Days

All year

Fit

Beginner


Highlights

  • All-encompassing views of mountain peaks and surrounding valley
  • 3 crater lakes along the route
  • 15 ancient pre-Inca pyramids as well as a cultural site

Description

Calling all hikers to Fuya Fuya, Ecuador! Join me on this 2-day climb to the top of this inactive volcano.

Located 55 miles away from Quito, Fuya Fuya (13,986 feet) is located above many lakes, giving anyone at the top a spectacular view. And on a clear day, you will be able to see the peaks of Cayambe, Cotacachi and Imbabura craters and village of Otavalo and city of Quito in the distance.

We will begin this non-technical but steep hike walking past the Mojanda lakes, which are located about 12,800 feet above sea level. These three lakes are situated in tall yellow grassbeds surrounded by rolling hills. The largest lake is Lake Caricocha (Laguna Grande de Mojanda) and is almost 2 miles in width. Lake Huarmicocha and Lake Yanacocha are also located close-by, and the colors of the lake not only look mesmerizing close up, but also from above. After passing these lakes, it will take us about 3 hours to get to the summit, where we will enjoy a beautiful view and a nice lunch. We will then descend the mountain for 2 hours before reaching our campsite.

The following day we will visit the Archeological Park of Cochasquì, where some of the most well-preserved pre-Inca mounds and pyramids exist. The site was built by the Cayambi-Caranqui nation and it is the belief of many archaeologists that Cochasquì was the ceremonial center of the region at the time. More still, these pyramids have been excavated in such a way that visitors have better insight into their construction processes, which occurred between 950-1550 AD.

Although this route is steep, this trip is intended for people with any level of experience with hiking. And while we will make every effort to adhere to the itinerary, weather conditions and the health of climbers may be cause for some changes, so please keep this in mind when signing up.

So, request to book this trip if you have always wanted to climb up Fuya Fuya!

And if you are interested in other hiking trips in Ecuador, check out my 2 day traverse of the Pinchicha Volcano, 2 day guided climb of El Altar or my 1 day guided climb of El Corazon.

Price includes

- Guiding fee


Itinerary

Day 1: Day 1

We will leave Quito early in the morning and drive 3 hours to the Mojanda lakes. From here we will climb for 3 hours to the summit of Fuya Fuya. After enjoying the views and a quick lunch, we will hike 2 hours back down to Caricocha Lake. Once there, we will relax for the night at our campsite.

Day 2: Day 2

We will hike down the valley through the open páramo to the Archeological Park of Cochasqui, a 5-6 hour hike. Here we will explore the pre-Incan pyramids and museums of Cochasquì. Then we will drive back to Quito.

 

Details

Meeting point

Quito, Ecuador

About the guide

UIAGM/IFMGA Mountain Guide from Ecuador.

I fell in love with the mountains at a young age while climbing Ecuador’s volcanoes with my father. I guided in the Andes for 8 years and have been guiding for the past four years in the Northwest United States. In 1997 I expanded his adventure skills by taking on rock climbing. I represented Chimborazo province three times as the Ecuadorian National Rock Climbing Champion.

I completed his UIAGM certification with the Bolivian Mountain & Trekking Guide Association, accredited by the National School of Ski and Alpinism of Chamonix (ENSA), and completed Advanced Alpine and Rock Guides Courses with American Mountain Guide Association (AMGA).

I usually spend some months every year in Ecuador (from October to January, but it varies every year). The rest of the year I am based and guide in Europe.

Languages

English

Certificates

ASEGUIM

Residence

Quito, Ecuador / Munich, Germany


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