Papallacta Lake District

  • Above the Papallacta Pass 14,000 ft  - © Don Faulkner flickr user
  • Papallacta  - © ximena flickr user
  • Papallacta Hike 058  - © girlhatebrian flcikr user
  • Quito - Pallacta/Ecuador   - © wogo24220 flickr user
  • Papallacta Hike 013  - © girlhatebrian flcikr user
  • Mountain stream, Papallacta   - © krheesy flickr user
  • Papallacta  - © Jay flickr user
  • Papallacta  - © Jay flickr user
  • Papallacta  - © ximena flickr user

Key information: Papallacta Lake District

    • Beautiful glacially scoured lakes and mountains near Ecuador's best hot springs. The higher ground is gorgeous paramo, with pockets of rainforest lower down. A host of lovely walks.
      • In the eastern Andes, a mere 2 hours or so from Quito, although technically in the Oriente.

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  • Walkopedia rating84
  • Beauty33
  • Natural interest16
  • Human interest4
  • Charisma32
  • Negative points1
  • Total rating84

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Papallacta  - © ximena flickr user

WALK SUMMARY

Beautiful glacially scoured lakes and mountains near Ecuador's best hot springs. The higher ground is gorgeous paramo, with pockets of rainforest lower down.

In the eastern Andes, a mere 2 hours or so from Quito, although technically in the Oriente.

There are plenty of great walks here, from short explorations to multi-dayers. Try:

-Papallacta pass to Papallacta hike (6+ hours)

-Oyacachi to Sigsipamba hike (2 days)

-Hiking to the rocky Las Puntas ridge (26km+, 1-2 days). Lots of opportunities in the area.

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

Ecuador Climbing and Hiking Guide - Viva,Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands,has a worthwhile section on this area. Find relevant books by using our Amazon search function:

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Quito - Pallacta/Ecuador   - © wogo24220 flickr user

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Papallacta Hike 013  - © girlhatebrian flcikr user ...
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