Duration: 4 days- 3 nights*
Walking distance: 38 Km
Rating: Moderately Difficult**
Altitude: Most of the time the trek involves walking above 3.000 m. The highest point is at about 3.200 m and the minimum at about 2.000 m at the Intag Valley.
Best time to visit: From June to September and from December to January.
Observations: The community of Piñán is rarely visited even nowadays when a public road has been opened. The zone remains a bit off the beaten track. The trek is bit challenging at the beginning due to some steep ascents. Water streams keep parts of the route muddy al year around. Weather in the sierra may be very changing regardless of the season. Raining boots are a must. Be prepared for cold and warm weather.
TREK DESCRIPTION: This trek combines the beauty of two beautiful and completely different ecosystems. The first of them is the páramo of “Piñán”, located a high altitude zone of the Ecological Reserve Cotacachi Cayapas. The zone of Piñán is famous for its beautiful lagoon system comprising over thirty lagoons; its wide variety of flora and fauna which includes condor, white-tailed deer, páramo foxes among others; its impressive views of the surrounding volcanoes “the Cotacachi” (4.944 msnm) and “the Yanahurku” (Black Mountain; 4.540 msnm); and for hiding the almost untouched Andean community of Piñán. The ending point of the trek is the village of “El Rosario”, located on the Valley of Intag. This Valley is part of the South American Choco Biological Region, one of the ten biologically most important hotspots in the world. Many threatened species roam this subtropical zone: Spectacled Bears, Jaguars, Mountain Tapirs, Toucans, Guantas and Guatuzas, to mention just some of them. This area is also home of a fascinating and a wide range of flora and vegetation.