This trek leads us to one of the most interesting areas of the northern highlands. The Cotacachi-Cayapas native reserve offers the opportunity to observe different vegetation zones, tilled lands, mountain villages, Andean forest, lakes, mountains and pre-Columbian ruins.
DAY 1: We start from Quito or town of Otavalo to go towards Iruguincho community to begin the walk where paths and small chaquiñanes have a spectacular view across the valley of Imbabura. We will go through different pre-Columbian Pucaras and then arrive at the foothills of the Yanaurku volcano where we will have our first camp.
DAY 2: After breakfast we head toward the Yanacocha Lake, located at the foothill walk, we follow a pre-Columbian path used by the Caranqui etnia probably 1000 years ago. As the path continues we reach the Ollas pass at 3960 m where we can hike toward the Ollas summit at 4005 m. The camp site is located at the Yanacocha lake at 3900m.
DAY 3: This journey will take us to the community of a small tribe Piñan hidden in the heart of the Andes, located 3200 meters. These paths have the opportunity to observe the majestic condor, deer, foxes, rabbits and others. In this place we will stay on the refuge that is managed by the community. Here we can have some comfort after those long hours of trekking.
DAY 4: After breakfast we will trek to the Donoso lagoon which is the largest Piñan zone and continues down to the western side of the mountain into the valley of Intag cloud forest of Alto Choco. Then we reach the village of El Rosario where we take our transport to take us to the hot springs water of Nangulví where we will recover our energy. In the afternoon we will take the transport to return to Otavalo or to Quito. Here is the end of services.