Rates (USD per person)
Private tour: Daily
Shared tour: Monday through Sunday
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 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 and 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.
After a 40-minute drive from Cuenca, our Cajas tour begins with a stop at the Llaviuco area, here we will embark on a 1.5-hour hike through the ecosystem of primary montane forest, also known as cloud forest. This hike offers you the opportunity to see the dense flora and beautiful views, as well as the possibility of seeing various bird species such as hummingbirds toucans, etc. If they are lucky.
Then, we will visit the dividing inland waterway, where you'll have the chance to see some of the park's impressive 200+ lakes and our guide will explain about their importance as a water source for Cuenca and southern Ecuador.
Our tour will continue with an amazing 2-hour moderate hike in the highlands through the moorland ecosystem of wetlands and lakes to get to the unique forest of polylepis trees. These are the highest-growing trees in the world and are native to South America. You will learn about the diverse flora and fauna that calls the park home and take in the stunning views of the surrounding mountains.
Before returning to Cuenca, we will have a delicious lunch at a traditional restaurant in the area, where the specialty is trout. The tour is a perfect combination of adventure and culture.
Don't miss this opportunity to discover the hidden gems of Cajas National Park. Book your tour today and experience the wonder of Ecuador's natural beauty!
Departure point: Hotels or Airbnb pick-ups
Departure time: 8:30 am (Private tour flexible)
Duration: 7 - 8 hours
Hotel pick-up and drop off
Licensed tour guide in English/Spanish
travel insurance (Available for an extra cost)
For 1 to 6 passengers, a bilingual guide will also be the driver. For more than 6 passengers, a driver and a bilingual guide will be provided.
- 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.