Local Activities

We suggest the following activities during your stay at Casa Mojanda. This list starts from Casa Mojanda and the immediately surrounding area, and then moves out to local and regional attractions and adventures. A one-week stay would allow you to go through most of the list, and still have time to relax. Your hosts are always available to help you plan your days here. For photos and more detailed information, please click on the hotlinks which take you to our pages on Nature and Culture.

  • Explore Casa Mojanda, our library, gardens and grounds, animals, game and social room and video collection (click for short virtual tour). You are welcome to climb down the hill to the gorge and explore. Click on Lodging and Meals.
  • Hike to the waterfall, only a half hour on moderate grade. Take a picnic lunch, and explore the forest above the falls. Our map should get you there with ease. Inquire about other additional long and short walks starting from Casa Mojanda.
  • Hike down to Otavalo (one hour’s walk) on either of two scenic roads. There’s a market and excellent shopping every day of the week. There are many other interesting routes for hiking from Casa Mojanda—please inquire in the office.
  • Bird watch on any of the nearby paths and trails. Wildflowers will be found year ‘round. Please record your sightings in our nature log. Andean Condors are frequently sighted at the Mojanda Lakes.
  • Mountain bike on easy (downhill), moderate and more challenging trails. If you are interested in biking, please let us know in advance, so we will be sure to have suitably sized bikes and helmets on hand.
  • Visit the Mojanda Lakes where you can hike (FuyaFuyaWeb), fish, look for condors, climb or kayak in our two seater Klepper. Bring a picnic lunch. Click on Nature.
  • Shop in Otavalo for handicrafts, visit the food market or look for antiques. Visit the main plaza and people-watch from a park bench. Eat lunch in town at any of several good restaurants. There is a market every day, but Saturday’s is the biggest. Several small local museums are worth visiting and be sure to explore the charming central plaza (Parque Bolivar).
  • Tour the Indian villages of Carabuela, Punyaro, Ilumán and San Roque, for a full or half day, and see the artisans at work in their homes and workshops. You may buy directly from the producers as well. Drive or hike back by way of Lago San Pablo. Click on Culture.
  • At night you can soak in our traditional Japanese style hot tub or just hang out and chat by the fire. On occasion, we feature live Andean folk music and dancing (CasaMDanceWeb). Or watch a movie or read a good book from our extensive library. Click on Lodging and Meals.
  • Visit Lake Cuicocha, and eat lunch in a restaurant high above the lake. Take the boat ride around the lake. On the way there or on the way back, pass through the town of Cotacachi which specializes in leather craft. Sit for awhile in the charming plaza.
  • Visit Ibarra, the lovely and well-preserved provincial capital, which has two lovely plazas, some good restaurants, and is a half hour away by car. On the way, visit the town of San Antonio de Ibarra, which specializes in woodcarving. From Ibarra, visit the villages of Esperanza and Zuleta, famous for wonderful and intricate embroidery. The road back from Zuleta via Lago San Pablo is full of wonderful landscapes.
  • Visit the colonial town of Cayambe. Plan in advance a day trip by four-wheel drive vehicle to the refuge at the base of the glacier on the Cayambe volcano, where short hikes are possible. The refuge is at a cold 15,000 feet, so be prepared.
  • Plan a day trip to the hot springs and ecological reserve of Chachimbiro. Visit the Afro-Ecuadorian region of Chota and Salinas, in the high Andean desert on the way there or back. A guide is suggested for a meaningful visit, and we will be happy to arrange one for you.
  • Take in the pre-Incas of Cochasqui, a half day’s excursion which can be combined with a visit to the colonial town of Cayambe.
  • A visit to Intag and La Florida Reserve can be arranged with sufficient advance notice, as well as treks to the Piñan lakes, El Angel, and climbs of the volcanoes Imbabura and Cotacachi, and overnight treks and horse tours.
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