Wildflower Bouquet at Lagunas de Mojannda
Lagunas de Mojanda supplies the ideal one-with-nature retreat from the craziness of Otavalo's Saturday Market. Three turquoise lakes are nestled in the Andes Highlands amongst once-active volcanos. Look closely to discover a small world of wildflowers, butterflies, bugs and birds set against the dramatic backdrop of sheer cliffs and rolling grasslands. If you're lucky, you might spot the endangered Andes Condor soaring over the paramo. The area is accessible only by car or taxi ($10-13 from Otavalo, $3-5 from nearby La Luna or Casa Mojanda). Just make sure to arrange return transportation in advance, as there are no taxis, buses or phone signals.
By Susan Mason, AFAR Local Expert
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