Parque Nacional Podocarpus, Loja

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  • My wife and I walked the 10 mile round trip from the highway to the “refugio.” Unfortunately, a hard rain prevented us from hiking the Mirador trail. However, our trek to the refugio was terrific and ...  more »
  • It is a hike rather demanding above all the first and last kilometre is an Andean paramo with fluctuating temperatures and rain depending on the time of year. You need to be in good physical condition to be able to appreciate the beauty that gives the Lake system called gaps in the compadre.
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  • My first Trek made this beautiful book adventure does not imagine to travel around the circuit that lasted like 5 hours get to the top of the trail and see from there throughout the city of Loja was incredible, it was unguided but had signs at each kilometer advancing , during the tour you can see number of flora of all species, that recommended to go with good shoes, pants already passed through many narrow paths, which are also numbers of mosquitoes, bees, a variety of insects. If you come to Loja can not fail to know the reserve national to go early so you don't leave very night site as I happened to me but it was very good experience. How to get there: from the city take a bus that goes to vilcabamba which leaves me at the booth of the reserve there takes two hours of road up to the refuge which crosses 8km, then starts the 5km journey.
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