Yanahurco means "Black Mountain" and is an ancient steep volcano located in the Western Cordillera in the north of Ecuador. This soft adventure will take us through a beautiful landscape of lakes,
streams and the high moors.
We will start driving from Quito to the north to Iruginchu, a typical Andean town at 2,800 m. From here we start our first day of trekking (about 3 hours) to the base of the Churoloma hill. Here we are going to do our first camp at 3,600 m. Throughout our trip we will observe the breeding areas of small and beautiful forests of Polylepis.(BL,D).
Today we follow an ancient road (probably dating from the Incas), which extends considerably towards the base of Cerro Huga and then descends to the south until reaching the shores of Lake Yanacocha. Going from the highest to the 4200 meters, we can enjoy the view of the Yanahurco and Cotacachi volcanoes. We have established the second camp at 4,100 m. (B, BL, D).
This day we will climb to the summit (4,292 m) of the Yanahurco volcano (about 5 hours). This ascent crosses a steep moraine, some fields of sand and volcanic ash. From here (if time permits, of course) we can get a magnificent view of the Ecuadorian Andes. Then we went down again to our next camp at Lake Burrococha in 4000). (B, BL, D)
Today the walk will take us to the Hacienda del Hospital (5 to 6 hours), where we can enjoy a swim in the nearby hot springs. From here our vehicle will take us back to Otavalo or Quito. (B, BL).