An easy one-day hike road trip is to Las Laguillas. The â€ścaminoâ€ť is well defined along the RĂo Lagunillas, a small stream flowing around copses of â€śfrailejĂłnâ€ť and across the plain, sculpting the ancient, rock-strewn earth into mounds and forming small crystalline lagoons across the valley. After about 45 minutes you'll arrive to the first of the magical lagoons strung together, Laguna La Pintada, backdropped by Campanilla Negra. The trail climbs through a small pass, on to three more lagoons: La Cuadrada, La Atravesada and La Parada.
The road begins at Alto de la Cueva, one kilometer (0.6 miles) from CabaĂ±as Guaicany. One way, the trek is 9 kilometers (5.4 miles).
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