Duration: 5 days- 4 nights*
Walking distance: 42 km
Altitude: 3.200 to 1.600 meters
Best time to visit: From November to February which are the driest months but it could rain any time.
Observations: Oyacachi may get very cold especially during nights. Sometimes it can even get close to zero degrees. Make sure you bring the appropriate cloth for day and night one.
TREK DESCRIPTION: This trek is one of the passes that connects the sierra and the oriente. It follows a prehispanic trading route that goes down all along the Rio Oyacachi. The trek begins at the small town of Oyacachi located at about 90 km east of Quito in the Ecological Reserve Cayambe-Coca. Oyacachi is a small indigenous community increasingly known by its hot springs pools and captivating history. It is said that a group of indigenous people from the Imbaya community escaped from a sure dead at the hands of the hispaniards and hide themselves at this hard-to-reach land where they settled. From the Andean town Oyacachi located at 3.200 m our trek gradually descends through the cloud forest to the town of El Chaco at 1.600 m which is one of the main gates to the jungle. Across the path we will cross rivers and bridges; may have the opportunity to see primary forest, birds and if we are lucky enough even tapir or the Andean bear (oso de anteojos).