Meeting point: Hotels and Airbnbs pick-ups
Departure: 8:30 am (Private tours flexible)
Licensed Tour guide in English/Spanish
Lunch $8 per person
Travel insurance (Available for an extra cost)
Free cancellation: Up to 24 hours in advance
Schedules: Daily Duration: 8 hours (approx) Offered in: English / Spanish
Explore the park's primary cloud forest and immerse yourself in the dense flora and breathtaking landscapes.
Challenging yourself with a moderate-level hike to see many of the park's 200+ lakes, situated at an elevation of 12,000 feet.
Discover the magic of the Polylepis forest, a unique ecosystem that will make you feel like you are in the Lord of the Rings movie.
Stand at the continental divide between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans and take in the scenic landscape.
Cajas National Park is one of the top things to do in Cuenca, a true natural wonder located just a short 40-minute drive from Cuenca, and it's a must-see destination for any nature lover visiting Southern Ecuador. With an area of over 70,533 acres, the park boasts an impressive 200+ lakes, making it one of the most important water sources in the region.
But the park's beauty and ecological significance go beyond just its lakes. The park has been recognized internationally for its ecological importance. It has been designated a Wetland of International Importance by RAMSAR, an Area of International Importance for the Conservation of Birds by IBA, and a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.
Situated a mere 45-minute drive from Cuenca, our Cajas adventure commences at the park's Lower section. We will embark on a 1.5-hour hike around Llaviuco Lake to explore the dense flora, and the chance to see some bird species such as hummingbirds, tanagers, toucans, etc.
Furthermore, we will explore the Toreadora refuge area to embark on a captivating 2-hour moderate hike through the ecosystems of moorlands, wetlands, and lakes. At the top of the list of attractions is the polylepis tree forest San Luis, The experience will evoke the atmosphere found in the "The Lord of the Rings". Our naturalist guide will in insights about the park's diverse flora and fauna that call the park home, as well as share cultural and historical facts. You'll also have the opportunity to enjoy and capture great photographs of the breathtaking vistas of the nearby lakes embraced by the mountains shaping the western Andes of Ecuador.
Before returning to Cuenca, we will have lunch at a traditional restaurant in the area, where the specialty is trout. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options are available upon request.
Don't miss the opportunity to explore the hidden treasures of Cajas National Park. Book your tour today and encounter the awe-inspiring beauty of Ecuador's landscapes!
- You can cancel up to 24 hours before your experience for a full refund.
- If you cancel within 24 hours of the experience, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
- Changes made less than 24 hours before the experience will be subject to availability.
- We reserve the right to cancel the tour if the weather conditions are not suitable. You will be offered a different date or a full refund.
- This experience requires a minimum of 2 travelers. If conditions are not met, we reserve the right to cancel and we will offer you an alternative date/experience or a full refund.
For 1 to 6 passengers, a bilingual guide will also be the driver.