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Pradera de Ordesa - Circo de Cotatuero - Faja Racón - Pradera de Ordesa

Pradera de Ordesa - Circo de Cotatuero - Faja Racón - Pradera de Ordesa





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How to get there: Drive on the N-260 until you see a sign for "Torla, Ordesa" between the kilometer posts K480 and K481. Take this narrower asphalt road number A-135 and continue 1.4 km to Torla. Almost immediately after entering the village you see a large parking area, an information post and a bus stop on your right. If you make this excursion in June 30-September 16 or on public holidays you have to leave your transportation and take a bus ride to the nature park. It takes some 20 minutes. The buses leave every 20 minutes. Both the transportation and the parking are priced. During other periods you can drive to the nature park. Continue on the road 3.5 km and fork right. Drive 5.1 km more to the parking place of the nature park. (Roadmap)

Distance: 3h22min/10.5km

Walk to the other end of the parking place, where you find a number of signposts (1320 m). Take the track to the left for "Grados de Soaso" "Camino de Soaso" and "Cola Caballo". By the column of Virgen de Pilar the track forks (8min) (1335 m). Go left to a path following the signs for "Circo de Cotatuero", "Faja Canarellos" and "Faja Racon".

You ascend first through a leafy forest, but higher up the firs take over. At the next fork (21min) (1415 m), go left again. A torrent starts to follow the route on your right and later you cross two gorges. Magnificent rock walls line the path. Soon after crossing a brook (47min) (1630 m) you encounter signposts by a small wooden cottage (52 min) (1670 m). On your right you see the waterfall of Cotatuero. Fork off left for "Faja Racón".

The path zigzags uphill. Higher up (1h03min) (1760 m) you enjoy fine views to Tobacor and over the valley of Ordesa. At this point, make sure that you do not continue straight ahead on a narrow path, but stay on the wide path that bends sharp right. When you encounter signposts (1h10min) (1790 m), go left for Faja Racon and Circo de Carriata.

Faja Racon is a protruding terrace in the rock wall. Walking on it you stay all the time almost at the same altitude. Absolutely magnificent rock walls line the route. Later you have superb views to the mountain of Cutas and its highest peak the Punta Cuta. Looking down into the valley, you see the river Arazas. Between the trunks of giant pines shows the mountain of Otal (1h50min) (1845 m). After crossing the gorge of Gallinero with a torrent descending along it (1h55min) (1855 m) you walk for a while on a bedrock before reaching a clear path again (2h01min) (1845 m). Later the view to the Circo de Carriata, Tozal del Mallo, Otal and over the river valley of Ara gets more extensive (2h08min) (1860 m).

In the Circo de Carriata the path descends gently to signposts and forks (2h17min) (1810 m). Follow the sign for "Pradera" downhill to the left. Descending along this path look behind to marvel the semicircular rock walls. You walk first through a pine forest and later through a leafy forest to the asphalt road leading to the nature park (3h15min) (1330 m). Turn left and return to the parking place (3h22min).

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