El Cajas National Park, Cuenca

4.8
#1 of 137 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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  • Las Cajas national park is simply beautiful. I could stay hiking around there for days. It is pretty high up, so be sure to bring some altitude medication. No pets allowed in the official park (protec...  more »
  • We hiked on a three hour hike in this park/ Very easily accessible from the bus stop on the road between Guayaquil and Cuenca. The intercity bus stops at the entrance to the park at the ranger stop. T...  more »
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