Pinan Lakes / Yana-urcu de Pinan

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Key information: Pinan Lakes / Yana-urcu de Pinan

  • These lovely lakes sit on high paramo in the western Cordillera, below the superb Yana-urcu de Pinan volcano.
  • This is a remote and beautiful area, which is worth taking time to explore and enjoy. You can circuit Yana-urcu de Pinan in a day, or climb it in 5-6 hrs.

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating83
  • Beauty33
  • Natural interest17
  • Human interest2
  • Charisma33
  • Negative points2
  • Total rating83
  • Note: Negs: sleep at 4,000m ish

Vital Statistics

  • Length: Variable
  • (3 days min)
  • Level of Difficulty: Strenuous

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WALK SUMMARY

These lovely lakes sit on high paramo in the western Cordillera, below the superb Yana-urcu de Pinan volcano (4,535m).

This is a remote and beautiful area, which is worth taking time to explore and enjoy. You can circuit Yana-urcu de Pinan in a day, or climb it in 5-6 hrs. It is claimed to command some of the best views in Ecuador.

You can trek out and back in 3 days, or extend it to a longer 4 day circuit or by circuiting Yana-urcu de Pinan.

This is demanding walking in remote mountains with uncertain weather, where altitude can cause problems. Come fully prepared, including proper acclimatization.

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