Ecuador Volcanoes: Nugent & Team Have Amazing Views on Cerro Fuya Fuya

Posted by: Billy Nugent | January 11, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Ecuador
Elevation: 13,986'

Welcome to another installment of the Ecuador Volcanoes 2013 blog. After an early rise and a quick breakfast the team checked out of the hotel, loaded up the wagons, and headed north out of Quito for another acclimatization hike.  A good bit of driving brought us through the town of Otovalo where we turned off the highway and headed up into the mountains on a cobblestone road. We were climbing towards the crater of Cerro Fuya Fuya; a large, extinct volcano whose crater is filled with an impressive and beautiful lake. We were able to drive into the crater and alongside the like. Starting from the shore, our hike took us up to the summit of the highest point of the surrounding crater. The team moved well and was in great spirits - we all thoroughly enjoyed the spectacular surroundings and wish it didn’t have to end so soon. Alas, we found ourselves piling back into the van headed for a local hacienda to spend the night. The rooms and grounds here at Hacienda San Luis are a bit more rustic than the Hotel Mercure in Quito but are still quite charming. I will say the setting and the views out here in the countryside beat Quito by a landslide. The crew is currently hanging out before dinner and hoping for some hot water so we can take a last shower before heading into the big mountains tomorrow afternoon. 

Until tomorrow,

RMI Guide Billy Nugent

The team's view on the Cerro Fuya Fuya hike. Photo: Billy Nugent The team resting at the Cerro Fuya Fuya high point. Photo: Billy Nugent

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Dawn and Len: Hope you are having lots of fun. Good luck tomorrow on your climb. We are enjoying the postings.

Mom, dad, and Allan

Posted by: Mom, dad, and Allan on 1/13/2013 at 8:36 pm

Dawn and Len, we’re thinking of you, hope you are having fun, good luck with your climbs !!
Emily, Simone and John

Posted by: John Higa on 1/12/2013 at 12:56 pm

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