Boyeros Lagoon Trail

Laguna de Boyeros, Ecuador

Boyeros Lagoon

Ecuador

 Elevation:

Virgen de Papallacta4000m
Papallacta Antennas4237m
Boyeros Lagoon3340m

Description

A light hike, to enjoy the beauty of the Papallacta zone and return loaded with good energies.

National Park: Cayambe Coca National Park

Way to Boyeros
Way to Boyeros
Boyeros, Ninarumi in the background
Boyeros, Ninarumi in the background
Boyeros and the Papallacta Peaks
Boyeros and the Papallacta Peaks

Location

Eastern Cordillera; 37 kilometers in a straight line east of Quito. Take the Pifo - Papallacta (E20) highway to the east until you reach the highest elevation at 4000 meters, location known as "La Virgen"; There is a turnoff on the left that goes up to the Papallacta Antennas where the hike to the Boyeros Lagoon begins.

ViaKilometersTime
Papallacta - Antennas Route:
Quito - La Virgen de Papallacta50km1h
La Virgen de Papallacta - Antennas1.5km10min
Antennas - Boyeros Lagoon3.5km2h

Recommendations

  • The Papallacta paramo is cold and extremely humid; it's suggested to always be warm, with heavy rain protection, and to be very cautious with the fog, which along with the unclear paths have led many people to go astray.
  • Some time ago it was possible to fish large trout in this lagoon, unfortunately the overfishing has practically led to its extinction.
  • Rubber boots work great for hiking on these swamps.
  • It's advised to visit this area on the months from December to February, which are usually drier.
  • The Papallacta area is very picturesque.

Hiking

There are some attractive routes:
  • Antennas - Boyeros Lagoon (1 day)
  • Antennas - Ninarumi Summit (1 - 2 days)
  • Antennas - Parcacocha Lagoon (1 day)
  • Antennas - Yuyos Lagoon (1 day)
  • Trekking del Agua: Antennas - Parcacocha Lagoon - Baños Lagoon - Reserva Cayambe Coca Refuge - Papallacta Thermal Swimming Pools (1 day)
  • Antennas - Nunalviro Lagoon (2 days)

Flora

Achupalla
Achupalla
Loricaria thuyoides
Loricaria thuyoides

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