El Cajas National Park, Cuenca

4.8
#1 of 134 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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  • Stopped here on route from Cuenca to Guayquil with Cuenca Bestours. Luis was our driver and guide on the hike around the lake. It IS strenuous, you ar at 14,000+ feet and it is worth every step...  more »
  • Cuenca sits at 8,400 feet above sea level. El Cajas sits at 13,600 feet above sea level. Bring a light coat at the very least. The terrain is so spectacular but it should be because you’re at the top....  more »

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