18 -19, June:
Traveling from long and far, our diverse team collided in Quito for a rejuvenating evening spent on the town. The following morning, we ventured northeast, past Cayambe, to arrive at Puerto Lago, a stunning lakeside resort nestled at the base of tall volcanoes. Here we spent the afternoon touring the countryside, playing billiards and catching up on World Cup futbol.
We set off through the Otavalan countryside to Laguna Grande, one of three high altitude lakes positioned at the base of Fuya Fuya (13986’/4263m), a mountain formed by two inactive volcanos sharing the same saddle. Through tall grasses and groves of Andean pineapple, the team climbed to the East Summit and enjoyed lunch amidst views of the surrounding countryside. We returned to Puerto Lago in time for the Ecuador vs. Honduras game.
Today we depart for the town of Cayambe, where we will hire a local four-wheel drive vehicle to shuttle us up the road to Cayambe’s refugio as far as the road will allow. From there, we will hike the remainder of the way, and set up camp near the closed refugio at (15092’/4600m). We plan to spend two days and nights acclimatizing on Cayambe prior to going for the summit on June 24. Si se puede!