Laguna de Cuicocha

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  • Day41

    Laguna de Cuicocha

    January 14 in Ecuador ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    In Ecuador angekommen, genauer gesagt in Otavalo, einer Kleinstadt auf 2600 m Höhe und 80 km nördlich von Ouito, besuchten wir gestern die Laguna Cuicocha. Ein See auf 3200 m Höhe der sich in einem gewaltigen, im Durchmesser 3km großen, Krater eines erloschenen Vulkans befindet.
    Wir wanderten den schönen 12 km langen Rundweg um den See und genossen die wunderbare Aussicht. Die Natur in Ecuador kommt mir noch schöner vor als in Kolumbien und Wanderungen ohne Guides scheinen ebenfalls kein Problem zu sein :)
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  • Day277

    14.1.4 Laguna Cuicocha

    May 27, 2019 in Ecuador ⋅ 🌧 16 °C

    What really shouldn’t be underestimated is the sun at 3500m altitude. It was too strong, so I didn’t do the whole round trip on the rim, which is also 14 km long ... not a joke. But it was also super nice.Read more

  • Day606

    Fuya Fuya (4,300m) @ Mojanda Lakes

    January 12, 2018 in Ecuador ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    A long steep drive up a cobbled road brought us out to a gorgeous lake ringed by a vicious looking ridge of peaks, and a perfect spot to camp for the night.

    We set off on a cold morning - although luckily not as cold as our outdoor thermostat would let us believe, stating - 34C! We wandered over the paramo through some trails (probably animal trails) that got smaller & narrower but we eventually found our way to the main path up and after a fairly steep but short time made it to the top just in time for some incredible views before the clouds started to roll in.

    We then drove down to a lovely little hostel where we could cozy up by the fire all afternoon & drink some craft beer!
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  • Day604

    Guinea Pig Lake

    January 10, 2018 in Ecuador ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

    The scenary here is just mind blowing and we're in our element in Ecuador, with snow capped mountains, lakes, great hiking and free/safe camping.

    We thought we had better get our hiking legs back, and the 13km hike around Laguna de Cuicotcha (Guinea Pig Lake) looked just the ticket. The altitude wasn't bad at just around 3,000m but we felt it a little on the short punchy climbs. It was a lovely walk and it was great to spend some more time with KP & Taylor. The only annoying thing was that Maya wasn't allowed into the park so had to wait in the van :(

    The hike was only about 4 hours so we got back nice and early, and forgot about how powerful the UV is at this altitude so we promptly all got sunburnt.

    The camping spot just outside the gate was so nice we stayed a second night, and had another fire. This is precisely what we have been missing since we left the states. We were also joined by a French couple, who delighted us in bringing out moldy (ie authentic) cheese from home and a bottle of Pastis.
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  • Day2


    July 16, 2016 in Ecuador ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Unser erstes Ziel ist der Cuicocha, der Meerschweinchensee, eine zauberhafte Lagune auf 3300 Meter Höhe. Dieser hübsche Ort ist Teil eines Nationalparks, und gestern wie heute ein Teil des indianischen spirituellen Lebens. Die namensgebenden Meerschweinchen sehen wir leider nicht, dafür aber heimische Eidechsen.

    Obwohl wir nur einen kleinen geruhsamen Spaziergang am See entlang machen, kommen wir ganz schön ins Schnaufen.
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  • Day8

    Laguna cuicocha

    February 12 in Ecuador ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Randonnée de 14 km autour de la laguna cuicocha (signifie cochon d'inde en quechua en lien avec les deux îles dont la forme évoque le dos de l'animal). Cratère volcanique large de 3km et profond de 200mRead more

  • Day45

    Laguna und Volcan Cotacachi

    January 14 in Ecuador ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Von Ibarra ging es auf in Richtung Cotacachi, für 2 Nächte an den Meerschweinchensee. Dort angekommen konnten wir erstmal den Ausblick über den See, sowie die Stadt genießen und das 1. Mal wild campen. Am nächsten Tag waren wir auf Wandertour, um den See. Dies waren dann 14 km in ca. 5 Stunden. Dabei konnten wir wieder viele tolle Ausblicke genießen, unter anderem über die 2 Vulkane.Read more

  • Day52

    Otavalo / Laguna Cuicocha, Ecuador

    January 16, 2017 in Ecuador ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Made a pit stop in Otavalo a town best known for its market with all sorts of artisan crafts for sale. Honestly after having been to lots of other markets in Ecuador it wasn't terribly special but still nice. I spent the night there and the next day went hiking with some others from the hostel around Laguna Cuicocha.

    The Lake itself sits in the imploded cauldron of an old volcano and has two islands in the middle that look apparently like Guinea Pigs hence the name "Cui" meaning Guinea pig.
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