This hike starts in Cuajimoloyas (3200 m/10,500 ft.) and leads through pine forest and indigenous farmland for the first half. At mid-point we are met by a guide from the next village – Latuvi – and continue down to 2000m/6,600 ft. The hike is remarkable for the change of vegetation; starting in high pine country and passing through a collision of ecosystems where the palm-like cucharilla tree grows amidst hundreds of bromeliads, a variety of orchids, mosses and much more.
The descent into the river valley brings a noticeable change in climate (warmer and dryer) with vegetation changes to a more mixed deciduous/pine forest. This hike ends with a meal of the freshest trout you are likely to ever eat.