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Laguna de Mojanda

August 11th, 2014 · No Comments

It was another heavy cobbled climb out of Otavalo to the lagunas. But after finding a rythem, it’s ¨not too bad¨, which was the only reply i could master when a motorcyclist stopped and mentioned that ¨this looks brutal¨.  I still felt i needed to climb higher to get a better view once i reached the big lagoon, and started the ascent of the 2fuya fuya” on foot. By then, i felt the climb in my legs as well as the altitude over 4000 meters, making progress rather slow. But everytime i looked around, i felt this walk was too good to be cut short.

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There is an area to camp directly at the waterside, but it is very close to the road and the wind wasn’t that inviting either. So i circled around the lagoon to its southern end, where i found a good spot, at least a little sheltered from the wind and with excellent views in the morning.

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The change of the light was beautiful as the sun made its way over the mountain ridge on the eastern shore.

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The road continued around the small “laguna negra” and with a short but heavy climb afterwards, which saw me pushing my bicycle for the first time since Guatemala. It was with a smile that i was cycling some part of it, while a four-wheel drive needed some assistance to continue. A last push and around another bend, the snow-capped peak of Cayambe came into view.

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After a long descent i hit asphalt again at Tabacundo and started the last fifty kilometers towards Quito.

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