El Cajas National Park, Cuenca

4.8
#1 of 138 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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  • We hiked about 3 hours which was exhausting mainly because of the altitude. Probably a bad idea to do this without some acclimatization, your almost up to 4000m. Numerous short steep parts can take yo...  more »
  • If you want to get away for a few hours of the hustle and bustle of the city and you are nature lover This is the perfect place. It is very organized and is extremely beautiful, I did the shortest trekking and I found it wonderful to be able to border one of the lagoons of the park. I really enjoyed the flora of the place, very green, it is obligatory visit if you go to Cuenca
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