Duration: 1 day
Date: All year
Mojanda is an inactive stratovolcano located in the Eastern Cordillera of the Andes north of Ecuador. It contains a huge lagoon in its caldera, produced by a huge eruption that sealed the end of Mojanda’s activity approximately 200,000 years ago. The caldera is contained by three lagoons, the most predominant being 3km long ‘Karikucha’ (Lago Hombre or Laguna Grande). The color of the water is characterized by being a blue-green and crystalline, perfect for photography lovers. This 8km trek is one of the most popular hiking routes in all of Ecuador. This trek is normally done in one day and every four passengers will have an ASEGUIM/UIAGM certified guide. If you travel alone, the trek will be carried out only by the certified guide with the passenger. Come to live this incredible experience touring the Andes of Ecuador and join us on this beautiful adventure.
DAY 1: Mojanda Lagoons Trek
We will pick you up from your hotel or place of preference at 06h00 where we will have a trip of approximately 2 hours until we reach Tabacundo, where we will begin our ascent towards the Lagoons at 4033m. We will give some brief safety instructions and we will begin our trek where we will be able to appreciate the great variety of flora and fauna of Mojanda. Our trekking consists of passing by the 3 lagoons that are inside the caldera and going through the profile of the old crater, where we will be able to appreciate the incredible landscapes that this place offers and the neighboring giant volcanoes such as Cayambe, Imbabura, Cotacachi and many more. At the end of the trek we will return to our transport that will be waiting for us to return to the city of Quito. The return journey takes 2 hours, so we will make a stop for lunch before leaving you again at the starting point at your hotel or place of preference.
CLOTHING REQUIRED (NOT INCLUDED):
Three layers of clothing for the legs and torso:
• Base layer: Thermal clothing for body and pants (usually made of synthetic material).
• Second layer: Warm jacket and pants, preferably water repellent (goose down, fleece or polar type).
• Third layer: Waterproof jacket and pants (in case of rain).
• An extra thermal or jacket (in case of extreme cold).
• Backpack between 25L and 35L.
• Factor 4 sunglasses (with UV protection).
• Thick socks.
In case you do not have something from the list of personal clothing, Mauna Expeditions can provide you with the rental or sale of said accessories.
The services included in the cost of the trek are:
✓ Registration and preparation for the best experience of your life.
✓ Guidance for the trek with certified guides (ASEGUIM/UIAGM), one guide for every 4 people.
✓ Private door to door transportation for the entire day of the tour.
✓ Entry Permits.
✓ Adventure video about the experience in the trek.
✓ First aid service.
✓ Lunch on the way down on the day of the trek.
✓ Thermo of Mauna Expeditions.
✓ Buff of Mauna Expeditions.
✓ Lunch Box and hydration for the trek.
The following services are NOT included in the cost of the trek:
X Clothing and personal equipment.
X Airplane tickets.
X Hotel or hostel in Quito or place of preference.
X Life insurance or against some type of accident.
X Other expenses NOT specified in our program.
1 person: CONTACT US.
2 people: CONTACT US.
3-5 people: CONTACT US.
6-10 people: CONTACT US.
11-24 people: CONTACT US.
PAYMENT AND CANCELLATION OF THE PROGRAM
To book the tour, Mauna Expeditions requires a payment of 25% of the cost of the program. Full payment must be made up to a maximum of two weeks before the start date of the tour. We do not send vouchers or confirmation messages until full payment for the program is made. Our team reserves the right to cancel the tour if the full payment is not made until the start date of the program.
The Mauna Expeditions team has put a lot of effort into organizing your program. Therefore, any cancellation must be made at least 21 days in advance. After 21 days, Mauna Expeditions may make a 50% refund depending on the cause of cancellation. Any cancellation notified less than 21 days from the start date of the program will be charged a penalty of 100% of the value of the program.
Costs vary depending on the size of the group. A minimum of 1 person and a maximum of 24 people are required to make the trek. For costs information please CONTACT US.
Mountaineering is a high-risk sport, where we are exposed to conditions on extreme occasions. We do not recommend doing this activity for people with asthma or some kind of heart condition. The level of difficulty of this program is demanding and there is nothing that interests us more than your safety and that you enjoy our program without any external problem.