El Cajas National Park, Cuenca

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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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  • Getting to CAJAS is super easy from Cuenca. Hop on the Occidental bus around 830am, they didn't leave the day I went until 930 unfortunately. All the blogs say you can get on a Guayaquil bus no proble...  more »
  • Really lovely countryside with spectacular views but beware of the altitude - you need to acclimatize before setting out on a hike.  more »
  • Cajas was unlike anywhere I've been in 7 weeks in Ecuador. It felt more like the Pacific Northwest of the US or Alaska. Huge rolling hills and lakes and mountains combined with incredible forests and ...  more »
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