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Cajas Full Day Trip

from Cuenca

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.

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Pickups

  • We will make the pick-ups at several hotels located in the city.
  • If you want to be picked up from another point further away, we can do it with an additional payment, you have to write to us, and we will coordinate your boarding.
  • Pick-ups are always reconfirmed until the night before the tour departure, if one day before the departure of the tour if you have not received the confirmation, you can write to WhatsApp 0983359-796.

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 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 drive 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 continues toward the Lagunas Unidas (United Lakes), 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.

Stop for lunch

  • Finally, we will make a stop for lunch in a restaurant in the area, with various options from tourist menus to typical dishes, we recommend you try the delicious trucha or tilapia, these fishes are very common in this area. (Lunch not included).

Return to Cuenca

  • Return to Cuenca for disembarkation in the same boarding places.
  • Note: The order of the visits may vary according to weather conditions.

It includes

  • Tourist Transport
  • Bilingual Guide (Spanish – English)
  • All Entrances
  • Lunch

Not included

  • Food
  • Tips
  • Unspecified details

Recommendations

  • Bring with you:
  • Cap/Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Trekking shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera

Recent travelers reviews

Ronaldo Júnior
Ronaldo Júnior
2024-01-11
Verified
Best guide ever!! Ernesto is one of the greatest guides I ever had! Lot of information during all the tour, always with a smile in the face and offering to take pictures! Gave us enought time to do everything, stopping in all the points we asked and pointed animals during all the way! 100% honest, knows everything about cotopaxi and loves climbing mountains and volcanos! Excellent restaurant for breakfast with good prices. Gave us a gift at the end of the tour, totally recommend him!!
Inspire14091247062
Inspire14091247062
2024-01-05
Verified
COTOPAXI CON DANIELA Que experiencia más Asombrosa. El Parque Nacional COTOPAXI. Con guía (Daniela) fue mágica. Espiritual. De reconocimiento y respeto a una maravilla natural. A un Pueblo diverso y sus Cosmovisiones. El Chocolate con pimienta dulce y el te de hoja de coca. Previnieron el "Soroche" y estubieron de...li..cio...sos. Daniela nuestra guía hace su labor con mucho amor... Contagia su buena vibra... Si tienen niños ella es la guía indicada 🤓🥰
Mark B
Mark B
2023-12-30
Verified
A Great Experience We toured Mindo, the equator and Cotapaxi with this organization. They were to flight. Always on time. Always prepared. Very considerate (they even brought my son’s hat back and left it at the front desk). I highly recommend them!
Jaime C
Jaime C
2023-12-19
Verified
Una bonita experiencia, lo recomiendo fue una experiencia inolvidable, Dani fue una excelente guía la atención el trato muy amable. volvería a ir
Richard H
Richard H
2023-12-04
Verified
Great day with amazing views It was a fantastic day with excellent views, we were lucky to have sunny weather which isn't always the case - prepare for anything! Adrian was a fantastic guide, knowledgeable and enthusiastic and a great help on the hike itself. I've done lots of hiking before but this was the first one at altitude, you definitely notice the difference! The best advice is to take your time with the hike, great advice that Adrian provided. I'd definitely recommend this tour if you have free time in Quito.
Laura N
Laura N
2023-11-22
Verified
Lo pasamos genial! Tuvimos mucha suerte de tener a Mauro y Mauricio como nuestros guías!!! Lo pasamos realmente bien y tuvimos tiempo suficiente para subir al refugio de Cotopaxi y también se aseguraron de que fuéramos juntos!!! Había muy buena vibe! Nos gustó también mucho el sitio donde comimos y poder darle de comer a las Alpacas :) muy recomendado!!!!
Christina
Christina
2023-09-26
Verified
i would strongly recommend this day tour! our guide was amazing!! i learned so much the entire day. i would strongly recommend this day tour!!
Edgar P
Edgar P
2023-09-20
Verified
Un viaje muy especial al Cotopaxi El tour fue muy completo e interesante, la ruta hacia el cotopaxi ofrece muchas vistas espectaculares y se consiguen excelentes fotos. La subida al cotopaxi es algo pesada pero nuestra guía Dany nos dió tips para que no fuera tan difícil y todo el tiempo nos esperaba si nos quedabamos atras, también nos contó mucha información sobre el Cotopaxi y los demás volcanes, además nos contó varias leyendas muy interesantes. Un tour muy recomendado sobre todo con Dany.
Sally M
Sally M
2023-08-26
Verified
Beautiful day Enjoyable day. Tour guide arrived in time to pick us up and made sure we had everything we needed during the day. The walk into the crater was beautiful but if you're older, you'll need to take your time and watch your footing. Hiking sticks helped. Unless you are in peak condition, be sure to reserve a horse for the ride up. Even the 20 something's were breathing hard and resting a lot. I would definitely recommend this tour. Great company and very organized.
Elainn
Elainn
2023-08-18
Verified
Una aventura El tour estuvo muy bien, con tiempo para adaptarse a la altura y demás. Lamentablemente el clima no ayudó ya que había mucho viento. Eso hizo que la subida al refugio fuera un poco más complicada. Igual, este hecho acrecentó el sentido de aventura (aunque no obtuve las mejores fotos del volcán). Al descenso nos encontramos con dos zorros. A la hora del almuerzo fuimos a un sitio donde uno podía alimentar a las llamas y a los patos. Muy completo todo.

Cajas

Full Day Tour

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.

Ronaldo Júnior
Ronaldo Júnior
2024-01-11
Verified
Best guide ever!! Ernesto is one of the greatest guides I ever had! Lot of information during all the tour, always with a smile in the face and offering to take pictures! Gave us enought time to do everything, stopping in all the points we asked and pointed animals during all the way! 100% honest, knows everything about cotopaxi and loves climbing mountains and volcanos! Excellent restaurant for breakfast with good prices. Gave us a gift at the end of the tour, totally recommend him!!
Inspire14091247062
Inspire14091247062
2024-01-05
Verified
COTOPAXI CON DANIELA Que experiencia más Asombrosa. El Parque Nacional COTOPAXI. Con guía (Daniela) fue mágica. Espiritual. De reconocimiento y respeto a una maravilla natural. A un Pueblo diverso y sus Cosmovisiones. El Chocolate con pimienta dulce y el te de hoja de coca. Previnieron el "Soroche" y estubieron de...li..cio...sos. Daniela nuestra guía hace su labor con mucho amor... Contagia su buena vibra... Si tienen niños ella es la guía indicada 🤓🥰
Mark B
Mark B
2023-12-30
Verified
A Great Experience We toured Mindo, the equator and Cotapaxi with this organization. They were to flight. Always on time. Always prepared. Very considerate (they even brought my son’s hat back and left it at the front desk). I highly recommend them!
Jaime C
Jaime C
2023-12-19
Verified
Una bonita experiencia, lo recomiendo fue una experiencia inolvidable, Dani fue una excelente guía la atención el trato muy amable. volvería a ir
Richard H
Richard H
2023-12-04
Verified
Great day with amazing views It was a fantastic day with excellent views, we were lucky to have sunny weather which isn't always the case - prepare for anything! Adrian was a fantastic guide, knowledgeable and enthusiastic and a great help on the hike itself. I've done lots of hiking before but this was the first one at altitude, you definitely notice the difference! The best advice is to take your time with the hike, great advice that Adrian provided. I'd definitely recommend this tour if you have free time in Quito.
Laura N
Laura N
2023-11-22
Verified
Lo pasamos genial! Tuvimos mucha suerte de tener a Mauro y Mauricio como nuestros guías!!! Lo pasamos realmente bien y tuvimos tiempo suficiente para subir al refugio de Cotopaxi y también se aseguraron de que fuéramos juntos!!! Había muy buena vibe! Nos gustó también mucho el sitio donde comimos y poder darle de comer a las Alpacas :) muy recomendado!!!!
Christina
Christina
2023-09-26
Verified
i would strongly recommend this day tour! our guide was amazing!! i learned so much the entire day. i would strongly recommend this day tour!!
Edgar P
Edgar P
2023-09-20
Verified
Un viaje muy especial al Cotopaxi El tour fue muy completo e interesante, la ruta hacia el cotopaxi ofrece muchas vistas espectaculares y se consiguen excelentes fotos. La subida al cotopaxi es algo pesada pero nuestra guía Dany nos dió tips para que no fuera tan difícil y todo el tiempo nos esperaba si nos quedabamos atras, también nos contó mucha información sobre el Cotopaxi y los demás volcanes, además nos contó varias leyendas muy interesantes. Un tour muy recomendado sobre todo con Dany.
Sally M
Sally M
2023-08-26
Verified
Beautiful day Enjoyable day. Tour guide arrived in time to pick us up and made sure we had everything we needed during the day. The walk into the crater was beautiful but if you're older, you'll need to take your time and watch your footing. Hiking sticks helped. Unless you are in peak condition, be sure to reserve a horse for the ride up. Even the 20 something's were breathing hard and resting a lot. I would definitely recommend this tour. Great company and very organized.
Elainn
Elainn
2023-08-18
Verified
Una aventura El tour estuvo muy bien, con tiempo para adaptarse a la altura y demás. Lamentablemente el clima no ayudó ya que había mucho viento. Eso hizo que la subida al refugio fuera un poco más complicada. Igual, este hecho acrecentó el sentido de aventura (aunque no obtuve las mejores fotos del volcán). Al descenso nos encontramos con dos zorros. A la hora del almuerzo fuimos a un sitio donde uno podía alimentar a las llamas y a los patos. Muy completo todo.

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
    Lunch at the restaurant in the zone (drinks not included).

It includes

  • Tourist Transport
  • Bilingual Guide (Spanish – English)
  • All Entrances
  • Lunch

Not included

  • Other details not specified
  • Beverages
  • Tips

What to bring

  • Cap/Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Trekking shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
From $50

Applies for people over 12 years old and under 65 years old

Ronaldo Júnior
Ronaldo Júnior
2024-01-11
Verified
Best guide ever!! Ernesto is one of the greatest guides I ever had! Lot of information during all the tour, always with a smile in the face and offering to take pictures! Gave us enought time to do everything, stopping in all the points we asked and pointed animals during all the way! 100% honest, knows everything about cotopaxi and loves climbing mountains and volcanos! Excellent restaurant for breakfast with good prices. Gave us a gift at the end of the tour, totally recommend him!!
Inspire14091247062
Inspire14091247062
2024-01-05
Verified
COTOPAXI CON DANIELA Que experiencia más Asombrosa. El Parque Nacional COTOPAXI. Con guía (Daniela) fue mágica. Espiritual. De reconocimiento y respeto a una maravilla natural. A un Pueblo diverso y sus Cosmovisiones. El Chocolate con pimienta dulce y el te de hoja de coca. Previnieron el "Soroche" y estubieron de...li..cio...sos. Daniela nuestra guía hace su labor con mucho amor... Contagia su buena vibra... Si tienen niños ella es la guía indicada 🤓🥰
Mark B
Mark B
2023-12-30
Verified
A Great Experience We toured Mindo, the equator and Cotapaxi with this organization. They were to flight. Always on time. Always prepared. Very considerate (they even brought my son’s hat back and left it at the front desk). I highly recommend them!
Jaime C
Jaime C
2023-12-19
Verified
Una bonita experiencia, lo recomiendo fue una experiencia inolvidable, Dani fue una excelente guía la atención el trato muy amable. volvería a ir
Richard H
Richard H
2023-12-04
Verified
Great day with amazing views It was a fantastic day with excellent views, we were lucky to have sunny weather which isn't always the case - prepare for anything! Adrian was a fantastic guide, knowledgeable and enthusiastic and a great help on the hike itself. I've done lots of hiking before but this was the first one at altitude, you definitely notice the difference! The best advice is to take your time with the hike, great advice that Adrian provided. I'd definitely recommend this tour if you have free time in Quito.
Laura N
Laura N
2023-11-22
Verified
Lo pasamos genial! Tuvimos mucha suerte de tener a Mauro y Mauricio como nuestros guías!!! Lo pasamos realmente bien y tuvimos tiempo suficiente para subir al refugio de Cotopaxi y también se aseguraron de que fuéramos juntos!!! Había muy buena vibe! Nos gustó también mucho el sitio donde comimos y poder darle de comer a las Alpacas :) muy recomendado!!!!
Christina
Christina
2023-09-26
Verified
i would strongly recommend this day tour! our guide was amazing!! i learned so much the entire day. i would strongly recommend this day tour!!
Edgar P
Edgar P
2023-09-20
Verified
Un viaje muy especial al Cotopaxi El tour fue muy completo e interesante, la ruta hacia el cotopaxi ofrece muchas vistas espectaculares y se consiguen excelentes fotos. La subida al cotopaxi es algo pesada pero nuestra guía Dany nos dió tips para que no fuera tan difícil y todo el tiempo nos esperaba si nos quedabamos atras, también nos contó mucha información sobre el Cotopaxi y los demás volcanes, además nos contó varias leyendas muy interesantes. Un tour muy recomendado sobre todo con Dany.
Sally M
Sally M
2023-08-26
Verified
Beautiful day Enjoyable day. Tour guide arrived in time to pick us up and made sure we had everything we needed during the day. The walk into the crater was beautiful but if you're older, you'll need to take your time and watch your footing. Hiking sticks helped. Unless you are in peak condition, be sure to reserve a horse for the ride up. Even the 20 something's were breathing hard and resting a lot. I would definitely recommend this tour. Great company and very organized.
Elainn
Elainn
2023-08-18
Verified
Una aventura El tour estuvo muy bien, con tiempo para adaptarse a la altura y demás. Lamentablemente el clima no ayudó ya que había mucho viento. Eso hizo que la subida al refugio fuera un poco más complicada. Igual, este hecho acrecentó el sentido de aventura (aunque no obtuve las mejores fotos del volcán). Al descenso nos encontramos con dos zorros. A la hora del almuerzo fuimos a un sitio donde uno podía alimentar a las llamas y a los patos. Muy completo todo.

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