El Cajas National Park, Cuenca

4.8
#1 of 139 in Nature in Ecuador
Journey through winding ravines and over jagged peaks at El Cajas National Park. Known for its many glacial lakes and lagoons, the high-altitude national park offers excellent trekking through a chilly, tundra-like landscape. Take it easy while you walk--with altitudes between 3,100 m (10,170 ft) and 4,450 m (15,600 ft) above sea level, the air gets thin, making trekking much more difficult than you might be used to. Set off on the two-hour trek around Lake Toreodora for a relatively gentle, but still incredibly scenic hike. You can easily make a day-trip to the national park from nearby Cuenca. Add El Cajas National Park to your Cuenca travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Cuenca trip builder tool .
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  • Nature reserve park needed very warm clothing, comfortable but waterproof shoes, necessary guide, protected area, mandatory vehicle, one hour from the city, typical food at recommended place trout,
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  • We drove thru the park and it reminded us of the Beartooth Wilderness in Montana/Wyoming. It is windy and foggy, dress warm with good shoes if you want to hike. My husband had a private fly fishing gu...  more »
  • Be aware that it is cold on 3800 altitude. You also would need proper shoes. We took a local bus (2$) from bus terminal in Cuenca, on the way back we waited for one hour for a bus, they pass by apppx ...  more »
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