Departures: Monday (shared tour) / every day (private tour)

Visit and trek in El Cajas National Park for a glimpse at lagoons and exotic fauna and flora. El Cajas is a national park located on the northwest side of the city of Cuenca. It’s formed by wetland from glacial origins with more than 200 lakes. The area is home to a large variety of animals, some of which are endemic or highly endangered such as the South American condor, raptors, hummingbirds, pumas, bats, foxes, many amphibians, insects and many more. The park and its surroundings are also famous for its trout population.

Active
70%
Culture
10%
Nature
90%
Relax
20%
Your visit will start on the lower part of the park, called the  Llaviuco area, only 30 minutes away from the city of Cuenca. You will hike at an easy rate for one hour at an altitude of 3,000 meters above sea level (9,842ft). You will continue your visit until you get to a point called tres cruces, which forms the Continental Divide between the Pacific and the Atlantic ocean at an altitude of 4,135m (13,566ft). You will have a short walk to observe this interesting area, before descending a little to perform the main hike at an altitude of 3,900m (12,795ft) for approximately three hours. The difficulty at this point is moderate. On the trail you will visit a beautiful primary forest and you will observe the interesting vegetation. Afterwards you will be brought back to Cuenca.

As the weather of El Cajas is unpredictable, we recommend to bring warm and waterproof clothing with you. It is recommendable to be acclimatized at 2500 meters for at least 2 days before doing tour.

Included:

  • Activities as described
  • Bilingual guide
  • Transport
  • Permit El Cajas National Park

Not included:

  • Lunch
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses

For this tour we recommend to bring the following:

  • Sunscreen & sunglasses
  • Rainproof jacket
  • Warm/layered clothing
  • Hiking boots
  • Camera
  • Water & snacks

Shared tour
USD $70 p.p.

Private tour
Contact us for detailed prices.