Fuya Fuya Trail is a 2.6 mile out and back trail located near Eugenio Espejo (Calpaqui), Imbabura, Ecuador that features a lake. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking.

Distance: 2.6 miles Elevation Gain: 1,909 feet Route Type: Out & Back





Sat Jun 01 2019

From the parking lot on the shore of Laguna Mojando, the trail begins its steep ascent to Fuya Fuya. Starting early is important, because often times the peak will be in the clouds by 11ish. However, in the morning the trail can be very slippery because of the dew. Since the trail literally goes straight up, grip can really be an issue. The last couple of hundred meters were a bit of a challenge for us, since it involved some climbing, too. Don't underestimate the elevation (start at 3750m peak at 4260m) take your time, bring lots of water and some food as well. We took a different descent (heading north) which was easier than talking the same route back. The views were stunning, along the trail, as well as on the top!

Tue Oct 02 2018

Beautiful even with some clouds! Short but difficult hike up (literally up....no switchbacks). Some minor rock scrambles at end. Fairly easy descent and I have bad knees (didn't use trekking poles though they would have been nice). Bring an extra layer....top can be chilly/windy. Not busy on a Wed....we saw 4 other people on our descent. No others on way up. Highly recommend! Close to Otavalo.

Tue Jul 24 2018

Perfect easy summit for first timers! Simple to follow, straight up to the summit, stunning views if lucky enough with weather, loved it, best to find fellow travelers in Otovalo to get up to the trailhead at Laguna Mojanda as it’s a $15 taxi ride.

Fri Jan 12 2018


Wed Nov 15 2017

Extremely hard. They do not believe in switchbacks. Expect to go from 11000 to 14000 in 3 miles straight up. The trail down is even harder. Beautiful at the top.

Thu Aug 03 2017

Very steep but very doable. Summer months are the best for seeing good views

Sun Jul 02 2017

Started from the road next to Mojanda Lake. It looks like there are a few spots to begin the hike, but the trail up to the left of the peaks of Fuya Fuya is pretty self evident. My twelve year old and I made it up to the top and back in about 2.5 hours. It was partly cloudy, but we still saw a few snow capped peaks in the distance. Nice hike if you are staying in or around Otavalo.

Tue Apr 18 2017

Great hike above a spectacular lake. Climbs up through the bushy highlands in Ecuador. Highly recommended!

Wed May 31 2017

Sun Feb 05 2017