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Hiking trails abound here. One of my favorite hikes is the 4-hour trek around Cuicocha Lake. Keep in mind, however, that robberies have been reported in the area, so it's best to do the trail with a guide. You can also hike from Cuicocha to the Mojanda Lakes, up Volcán Cotacachi, or around the Mojanda Lakes and up Volcán Fuya Fuya. Both Dicency Viajes (tel. 06/2921-217) and Runa Tupari Native Travel (tel. 06/2925-985; www.runatupari.com) can provide experienced guides and help organize your hiking excursions. These tour agencies also offer horseback-riding trips. One of the most popular is the trail around Cuicocha Lake. A half-day trip costs $45 to $70 (£30-£47) per person.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.