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Stage 9: Zuriza - Aguas Tuertas
Alternative - Variant GR11.1: Zuriza-Puente de Santa Ana

Distance/elevation: 18,8 km / (+1.160),(-770)
Time: 5h50min (walking time without stops).

Difficulty: A stage with no apparent difficulty, except for the elevation itself and the distance. The route is well waymarked and the way through the valley is self-evident.

Water: Throughout the stage, apart from at the highest point, you will come across streams to take water from.

Advice: The stage ends at the open refuge in Aguas Tuertas. Plan ahead, and take a sleeping bag, floor mat and food for the night, and even for one more night, to get you to Sallent de Gállego. The last time we passed through Candanchú, all the shops were closed. The auberges in Candanchú provide dinner and breakfast and also prepare lunch packs. In Zuriza, the campsite has its own store.


(0h0min; 0kms) Zuriza (1.223m). Take the track that begins just below the campsite on a horse-shoe bend (GR11 panel), towards Petraficha ravine. To the left are the slopes of Quimboa, and to the rights lies Ruzquia Peak (2074m). The elongated Sierra de Alano, which bears an uncanny resemblance to the Dolomites, begins here. The uphill climb along the track to Taxeras car park is gentle, and along the way you pass a couple of small streams and a drinking fountain where you can fill up with water.

(0h30min; 2.8kms) Llano de Tacheras (1.283m). Just before reaching the car park, you leave the track and follow a path that heads upwards on the left. The path takes a large bend and crosses a passage for cars GR11.1 via the Cuello de Estribiella, after wich there is a drinking fountain by the river on the left. After 5min you pass an area with ruins and 10min later you reach Taxeras refuge (in poor condition). From this point on, the GR winds its way up the Petraficha ravine on the right-hand side until reaching...

(2h20min; 7.2kms) Petraficha col (1.963m). Petraficha (2186m) lies to the north and Chipeta Alto (2175m), easily accessible, to the south. The path heads decisively down – the views are stunning towards Acherito ravine and the Aragón Subordán valley. Close to the bottom of the descent, you pass the Sabucar refuge (barn), then the path zig zags for a while until it meets a track at the point where a bridge crosses the stream coming from the Acherito and Las Foyas ravines.

(3h55min; 11.7kms) Guarrinza - La Mina bridge-car park (1.225m). By the bridge there is a series of panels which provide information on the ruins of the Mine house (once a military patrol house) as well as the GR65.3.3, a variant of the Camino de Santiago crossing Puerto de Palo. From here, if you take the right-hand track, you follow the Camino de Santiago and the old route of the variant GR11.1. You take the left-hand fork and head on towards Aguas Tuertas and Candanchú. Some 10 minutes later you walk past the old military post of La Mina where you can see a number of buildings, some of which are ruins, others used for livestock, and the only one in good condition is closed. After another 10 minutes you pass a walkway on your right which gives access to the track. The route heads up the left-hand side of the Aragón Subordan, crossing an area rich in megalithic remains. After an hour, you cross the d'os Chitanos bridge from the walkway and 15min later you come to the track. Instead of following it, you take on the last section of the climb to Achar de Aguas Tuertas via the short-cuts.

(5h50min; 18,8 kms) Aguas Tuertas (1.620m).

Where to sleep?

In Zuriza there is the Zuriza Campsite-Auberge (/) . Below the campsite there is an open shelter (2 floors, reasonable condition).

During the stage, between Zuriza and Guarrinza you have the refuges in Taxera (por condition, 8 places), Chipeta Alto (free, acceptable) and lo Sabucar (barn, very dirty).

In Guarrinza, on the left-hand side, opposite the Military Post of La Mina you will find La Cantina or Refugio Guarrinza (open, good condition, municipally owned – above the door it says “no entry”).

At the end of the stage, when you enter the Aguas Tuertas valley, you will see the Aguas Tuertas cabin (free, good condition, 4-5 people max).


- Alpina: Valles de Ansó y Echo (Scale: 1/25.000).
- Prames: Valles occidentales - Ansó y Echo (Scale: 1/25.000).


The only way to get to Zuriza or Selva de Oza is by taxi. Taxis are bases centrally in Jaca () . To get to Ansó, Echo and Siresa from Jaca, Autobuses Escartín ().

Perfil de la etapa

Stages - GR11

- Prologue: Cabo Higuer - Hondarribia - Irun
- Stage 1: Cabo Higuer - Bera
- Stage 1v (GR 11.3): Cabo Higuer - Lesaka
- Stage 2: Bera - Elizondo
- Stage 2v (GR 11.3): Lesaka - Elizondo
- Stage 3: Elizondo - Pto de Urkiaga
- Stage 4: Puerto de Urkiaga - Burguete
- Stage 5: Burguete/Auritz - Villanueva de Aezcoa/Hiriberri
Stage 6: Villanueva de Aezcoa/Hiriberri - Ochagavia
Stage 7: Ochagavia - Isaba
Stage 8: Isaba - Zuriza (via Belabarce)
Stage 8v (GR 11.4): Isaba - Zuriza (via Ezkaurre)
Stage 9: Zuriza - Aguas Tuertas
Stage 10: Aguas Tuertas - Lizara
Stage 10 (discontinued): Aguas Tuertas - Candanchú
Stage 11: Lizara - Candanchú
Stage 12: Candanchú - Sallent de Gallego
Stage 9v (GR 11.1): Zuriza - Puente de Santa Ana
Stage 10v (GR 11.1): Puente de Santa Ana - Lizara
Stage 11v (GR 11.1): Lizara - Canfranc Estación
Stage 12v: Canfranc Estación - Sallent de Gallego (via C.Izas)
Stage 13: Sallent de Gallego - Refugio de Respomuso
Stage 14: Refugio de Respomuso - Balneario de Panticosa
Shortcut: The pipeline path from Bachimaña to Brazato
Stage 15: Balneario de Panticosa - San Nicolas de Bujaruelo
Stage 16: San Nicolas de Bujaruelo - Refugio de Goriz
Stage 17: Refugio de Goriz - Circo de Pineta (Fuenblanca)
Stage 17v (GR11.9): Refugio de Goriz - Circo de Pineta (Faja de las Olas)
Stage 18: Circo de Pineta - Parzán
Stage 19: Parzán - Biadós
Stage 20: Biadós - Puente de San Jaime
Stage 20v (GR 11.2): Biadós - Ref. Ángel Orús
Stage 21v (GR 11.2): Ref. Ángel Orús - Puente de San Jaime
Stage 21: Puente de San Jaime - Refugio de Cap de Llauset
Stage 21v (GR 11.5): Puente de San Jaime - Refugio de la Renclusa
Stage 22v (GR 11.5): Refugio de la Renclusa - Refugio de Cap de Llauset
Stage 22: Ref. Cap de LLauset - Conangles
Stage 23: Conangles - La Restanca
Stage 24v (GR11.18): La Restanca - Colomers
Stage 25: Colomers - Ernest Mallafré
Stage 26: Ernest Mallafré - La Guingueta
Stage 27: La Guingueta - Estaón
Stage 28: Estaón - Tavascán
Stage 29: Tavascán - Areu
Stage 30: Areu - Baiau
Stage 31: Baiau - Arans
Stage 32: Arans - Encamp
Stage 33: Encamp - Ref. l'Illa
Stage 34: Ref. l'Illa - Malniu
Stage 35: Malniu - Puigcerdá
Stage 36: Puigcerdá - Planoles
Stage 37: Planoles - Santuario de Nuria
Stage 38: Santuario de Nuria - Refugio de Ulldeter
Stage 39: Refugio de Ulldeter - Molló
Stage 40: Molló - Talaixà
Stage 41: Talaixà - Albanyà
Stage 42: Albanyà - La Vajol
Stage 43: La Vajol - Requessens
Stage 44: Requessens - Vilamaniscle
Stage 45: Vilamaniscle - El Port de la Selva
Stage 46: El Port de la Selva - Cap de Creus

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- T.confort: +3ºC
- Peso: 760grs
- 300grs de pluma 80/20, 550cuin
- T.confort: +2ºC
- Peso: 1020grs
- 500grs de plumon hidrófobo y primaloft

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