Fuya Fuya is located 20 kilometers (12.4 mi) south of Otavalo. Trails on the mountain offer straightforward climbs with spectacular views of the Lagunas de Mojanda, three pristine lakes located at the base of the mountain, and wide expanses of pÃ¡ramo grasslands.
Getting to Fuya Fuya
From Quito, take the Pan-American Highway north toward Otavalo. From Otavalo, take any bus heading to Quito or Lago San Pablo (see Getting To and Away from Otavalo for more information). After you reach Lago San Pablo, you will pass a Repsol gas station on the right. Just beyond the gas station, you should see a sign for Mojanda where you turn left and follow the cobblestone road for about 15 minutes until you come to the lakes. Fuya Fuya is easily visible from here. Alternatively, hire a taxi to the Lagunas from Otavalo (approximately $15 one-way; you can pay more for the taxi to wait).
Hiking Fuya Fuya
You can follow any of the various footpaths up to the pass or to the peak at 4,263 meters (13,986 ft). The hikes take two to three hours to summit from the lakes, and the total elevation gain is approximately 550 meters (1,804 ft), making Fuya Fuya a good, quick mountain for climbers hoping to acclimatize for some of Ecuadorâ€™s higher peaks.
Plan to take a topographic map of the region if you decide to hike in the areas beyond the lakes, as trails in the more remote regions are not always well marked.
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