El Cajas National Park, Cuenca

4.8
#1 of 123 in Nature in Ecuador
Must see · National Park · Nature / Park
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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  • Cuenca is the capital of the Azuay province, the third largest city in Ecuador and the economic center of the Southern Sierra. These distinctions, together with the incredible level of conservation...  more »
  • at ca 4000 meter. quite chilly at only 4 degrees and with quite poor visibility. a bit touristic, but since it is on the road towards Guayaquil you are bound to pass this place.  more »
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