Cajas National Park
The 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 followed by the shores of the park’s 235 lakes. During the hike, we will observe many of the park’s endemic plantation and bird species. Enjoy a close-up of nature in this unique part of the Ecuadorian Andes.
What you will do
- Three Crosses Zone
Transfer from Cuenca to Cajas National Park, directly to the Llaviuco zone in the lower part at 3,100 masl. The path is level and easy to navigate through the woods, the walk takes between 45 minutes and an hour. Then, we continue to the higher region of the Park called Tres Cruces (Three Crosses) at approximately 4,160 masl. There we will enjoy a panoramic view of the Park, and time to take photographs and listen to the information from our guide.
- Toreadora Lake
After visiting Tres Cruces, we go by vehicle to Lake Toreadora, where we visit the Interpretation Center. Then we begin a walk of 2 ½ hours from an altitude of 3,900 to 3,600 masl. The hike crosses the Polylepis 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.
- Tundra and Polylepis Forest
A magical place with short pastures and full of Polylepis better known as the “paper tree” The Polylepis forest, is described as a millenarian hierarchical forest, considered unique in its kind by the exclusivity of it specie, with an age between 2 and 4 million years.
Lunch at the restaurant in the zone (drinks not included).
- Tourist Transport
- Bilingual Guide (Spanish – English)
- All Entrances
- Other details not specified
What to bring
- Trekking shoes
Applies for people over 12 years old and under 65 years old