El Cajas National Park
El Cajas National Park offers us a glimpse of the impressive cloud forests and Andean “páramo” landscapes and ecosystems. The mysterious, mountainous silence invites us to explore its marvelous lakeside trails, which follow the shores of a number of the park’s 235 lakes. During the hike, we will observe many of the park’s endemic plant and bird species. Enjoy a close encounter with nature in this unique part of the Ecuadorian Andes.
Pick-up at the hotel (time to be determined by the participants, preferably no later than 9:00 a.m.)
Transfer from Cuenca to Cajas National Park, directly to the Llaviuco zone in the lower part at 3100 meters above sea level. The path is level and easy to navigate through the woods, taking between 45 minutes and an hour.
Then we continue to the higher region of the Park called Tres Cruces (Three Crosses) at approximately 4160 meters above sea level. There we will have a panoramic view of the Park with time for taking photographs and listening to information from the guide.
After visiting Tres Cruces the group goes by vehicle to Lake Toreadora, where we visit the Interpretation Center. Then we begin a walk of 2 ½ hours from an altitude of 3900 meters above sea level to 3600 meters. The hike crosses the Polylepsis Forest called “San Luis” and then continues toward the Lagunas Unidas (United Lakes), named Totoras and Patoquinuas. When we finish, we will return to Lake Toreadora, or if there are more than three participants the tour will end at the parking area at Patoquinoas.
Lunch at the restaurant in the zone (drinks not included). Return to the city at approximately 3:30 p.m.
Recommendations For Tourists: Wear comfortable hiking shoes for walking in the moorland, dress in layers with warm, water resistant clothing. Temperatures in Cajas Park are not stable and can vary from 10 to 18 degrees C. (50 to 65 F.) during the day. But it often feels much colder with the wind.
In addition bring sun screen, sun glasses, windbreaker, hat, and rain gear (in case of rain). If participants need rubber boots or rain ponchos, we will provide them if requested in advance. Drinks: bottled water, juices. Cash for personal expenses.
IncludedEl Cajas National ParkLunchTour guidePrivate transportationDescribed activities in the itinerary24/7 supportGuide / Driver
Not IncludedAccommodationTransfersTravel insuranceAirplane ticketsExcursionsAll the foodsAccommodation HotelPersonal expensesFood and drinksPayment of Tickets