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Trekking to Vega de Ario

Lago La Ercina - Majada de las Bobias - Las Reblagas - Collado del Jito - Vega de Ario - Lago La Ercina
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How to get there: If possible, do not take this walk in August of September, nor on public holidays, because then the road is open only for public transportation organised between Covadonga and the lakes.

 Driving on the AS-262 to Covadonga, continue from the roundabout to the left along the CO-4. After 11.6 km, fork right following the sign for "Lago Ercina". Continue less than 1 km to a large parking area, where the road ends. (Roadmap)

Distance: 4h40min/15km

Walk from the parking area (1125 m) through the grassy field to the left hand side of lake Ercina, where you encounter a sign for "Ruta Vega de Ario, PR-PNPE-4" (5min) (1125 m). Lined by Pico Llucia the path ascends to the herdman's huts of Vega Vieya opening up a beautiful view to the lake and the Sierra del Brazu. From now on, the route is a muddy cattle trail, which goes along the canal of Cuenye to a small pass (37min) (1290 m).

From the pass you continue along a path bordered by handsome beech forest on the gray rocks on your right. Later the path bends left towards the herdman's huts of Las Bobias. By the huts (47min) (1255 m), you meet cows, horses and donkeys. Cross the pasture towards the sign in front of you. From the sign, the path goes first uphill and descends then pass a beautiful fountain to a sign (1h03min) (1265 m).

The path becomes stony and takes you through a rolling landscape with gray boulders surrounded by gray mountains to the hill of Las Reblagas (1h28min) (1440 m). After a shallow depression, you walk for a while along the plain of Las Campizas, before the ascent to the pass of Jito. On your way, you pass a fountain. Once you reach the rocky pass (2h12min) (1640 m), you find a sign for "Refugio Marques de Villaviciosa" and a panel presenting the surrounding peaks of Picos de Europa.

Bending left the path comes to the plain of Ario (2h22min) (1630 m), where it descends to the cottage of Marques de Villaviciosa surrounded by the Picos of Europa (2h26min) (1625 m). Return on the same way back to the lake Ercina (4h40min).


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