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Mblue01

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We climbed the mountian with Runa Tupari Native Travel (http://www.runatupari.com) and payed 60US for 2 days (native Guide, food, transportation, tents, mats). Very cheap and good service altough they don't have the equipment to go all the way to the top (final 50-100m).
Posted Feb 26, 2004 12:27 pm

Cloudwalker757climbing info

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Just a few notes that may provide more info on climbing Cotacachi. One can hire a caminetta (2wd pickup) from Otavalo or the small town before the lake for about $50 one way. It will take you to the antennas and cut off about 1000M of climbing on a badly washed out road. The climb from antennas (about 4000M)to top is close to 1000M. The route is marked very well with cairns down lower but is difficult to follow higher up. A helmet is a necessity due to constant rockfall. Some guide books call it scrambling to the top but others call it class 5. We did not get that high due to rockfall hazard. There are several ok campsites at antennas and further up that are large enough for a small tent or two. The cabinas at the crater lake inside the National Park are very comfortable with hot water showers and fireplace for $12 per night in 2006. There is also a 4x4 at these upper cabinas that will take you to the antennas for $50 one way. The government run cabins on the shore of lake are nicer and include dinner and breakfast for $25/night. Govt cabinas accept credit cards. The lake is at about 3100M and the trail up Cotacachi starts as a dirt road to the right of the toll booth when entering park.
Posted Dec 22, 2006 4:03 pm

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