Fuya Fuya (Mojanda)

Fuya Fuya de Mojanda, Ecuador

Fuya Fuya of Mojanda

Ecuador

 Elevation:

Summit 1:4270m
Highest Summit:4290m
Laguna grande:3730m

Description

Mojanda is an inactive stratovolcano whose caldera is occupied by three lagoons:

  • Laguna Grande (Caricocha): 2km of approximate diameter and perimeter of 7km.
  • Laguna Negra (Huarmicocha): 600 meters long and 300 meters wide.
  • Laguna Chiquita (Chiriacu): with 360 meters diameter.

The Laguna Grande is surrounded by some peaks, among which the most outstanding are the Yanahurco to the East and the Fuya Fuya to the West.

Going to Mojanda
Going to Mojanda
Laguna Grande
Laguna Grande
Fuya Fuya peak
Fuya Fuya peak

Location

Nudo de Mojanda Cajas; 38 kilometers in a straight line northeast of Quito; 11 km southwest of the Otavalo downtown.

1) Normal Route Otavalo: Arriving at Otavalo by the Pan-American Hw from Quito, take the road to the left that goes to the "Lagunas de Mojanda". It's necessary to look for a traffic light that allows the crossing to the other lane. The road is stone paved and allows the access for any vehicle until the Laguna Grande. The vehicle is parked as soon as it reaches the lagoon next to a resting roof.

2) Atahualpa Route: A longer and rarely visited route. Take the Guayllabamba – Puellaro – San Jose de Minas road. In Perucho you must turn right towards the village of Atahualpa, this town can be reached by any vehicle. Passing Atahualpa the road starts to get bad, depending on the season you could advance more or less 5 kilometers. The hike follows a mule track that eventually reaches the Fuya Fuya peak and later the Laguna Chiquita.

ViaKilometersTime
Otavalo Route:
Panamerican Hw – Laguna Grande45min16km
Atahualpa Route:
Perucho – Atahualpa20min10km
Atahualpa – Road End15min5km

Recommendations

  • It is usually used a single day to ascend to the summit of this mountain.
  • If you don't have private transportation, it's convenient to rent a pickup truck taxi in Otavalo.
  • The cobbled road leaves from Otavalo and allows an easy approach for any type of vehicle.
  • The Mojanda Lagoons area has the possibility of several adventure activities: between them are some nice hiking and biking routes.
  • You can continue by 4×4 from the Laguna Grande to the Yanahurco peak or the Laguna Chiquita; Recommendation for the pilots: learn to swim and probably to dive.

Hiking

There are some very attractive hiking trails in the Mojanda Lagoons area:
  • Climb to the summit of the Fuya Fuya peak
  • Climb to the summit of the Yanahurco peak
  • Laguna Grande loop trekking
  • Pirámides de Cochasquí to Laguna Chiquita trail
  • Malchinguí to Laguna Chiquita trail
  • Yanahurco loop trail
  • Atahualpa - Laguna Grande trail
  • Laguna Grande loop trekking following the summits ridge
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Flora

Gunnera pilosa
Gunnera pilosa
Vallea stipularis
Vallea stipularis
Fuchsia ampliata
Fuchsia ampliata
Passiflora cumbalensis
Passiflora cumbalensis

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