Otavalo & Cayambe Glacier 3 Day Adventure Tour
On the “Otavalo & Cayambe Glacier 3 Day Adventure Tour”, you will hike around Cuicocha Lagoon, climb Fuya Fuya, and visit a glacier on Cayambe volcano. Included are cultural visits to Peguche, as well as the Cotacachi and Otavalo market places. Each day is designed with a hike at a slightly higher altitude to ensure that you acclimatize correctly.
Please contact us for a quote for your group.
Each guest must please bring their passport.
It is compulsory for guests to have personal medical aid & travel insurance.
Please inform us of any current medical issues.
This tour is NOT recommended for travelers with heart, lung or back problems.
Travelers should have moderate physical fitness.
We regret no children under the age of 12 years.
Acclimatization: You will be hiking at altitudes above 3400m in the Andes. Ensure you have spent at least 1 day in Quito before joining this day tour. If you have any doubts or concerns, please contact us.
Bring: Passport, sunglasses, camera, sun protection lotion, toiletries, day pack for hikes
Hiking clothes: Cap, 1 x fleece jacket, 1 x waterproof jacket, 3 x quick dry t-shirts/shirts, 1 x pair of long trousers, 1 x pair of shorts, 3 x pairs of socks, 1 x comfortable walking shoes.
Optional items: Down (or equivalent) jacket, buff, beanie, warm gloves & scarf.
Please pack casual clothes for the evenings.
You DO NOT need to bring soap, towels, sleeping bag or pillows. These will be provided by the accommodation.
Today you will hike around the beautiful Cuicocha Lagoon (5 hours). Your guide will accompany you and explain the sacred rituals as well as the wild flora and fauna in the area. Afterwards you will have lunch at one of the indigenous families in the nearby valley. In the late afternoon, you will be able to browse the leather shops in Cotacachi before returning to your hostel. In the evening we will visit Otavalo where you can enjoy an early dinner. Your maximum altitude today will be 3450m.
Today you will rise early (around 6am) for the climb to the summit of Fuya Fuya (4200m). It is a non technical peak but highly enjoyable with great views over Mojanda Lagoon. Afterwards, you will have a traditional lunch in the town of Otavalo. Options for afternoon are browsing the Otavalo market, resting at the hostel or taking a short walk to the spectacular Peguche Falls. The group meets up at 6pm for an evening meal in Otavalo before returning to the hostel. Your maximum altitude today is 4200m.
We depart early for Cayambe Volcano and have breakfast in Cayambe before driving by four wheel drive to the refuge. On arrival, we can either hike to Laguna Verde (4800m) or the snout of the Glaciar Hermoso (4600m). This is an incredible glacier and is located on the equator which is quite extraordinary. We spend about 4-5 hours on the volcano (includes lunch in the refuge). Before returning to Quito, we make a brief visit to the equator line outside the town of Cayambe. Your journey ends at approximately 6pm at your hostel in Quito. Your maximum altitude today is around 4800m.