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“Atillo Lakes and the road Riobamba Macas by public bus.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Sangay National Park

Sangay National Park
43 miles from Banos, Riobamba, Ecuador
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Owner description: The park features two active volcanoes, rainforests, glaciers. It is home to animals such as tapirs, ocelots, pumas and porcupines.
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“Atillo Lakes and the road Riobamba Macas by public bus.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

The major road from Riobamba to Macas is very controversial since it was built right in the middle of the Sangay National Park, but now that it exists you can take profit of it for an easy visit to the Sangay NP. There are reguler public busses on this road, every 1 or 2 hours. Take a a bus to the Lagunas de Atillo, and than walk the next 12 to 15 km towards Macas. The environment is superb. First the lakes, then you climb (slightly) to the pass, and the first 10 km of the descent are really stunning, cloudforest, waterfalls (If you travel by car, please note there is no parking anywhere along this stretch). Well of course it also means clouds and rain. Then you can board another bus to continue to Macas or return to Riobamba. Further towards Macas, there is a lot of colonization along this road.

Visited July 2013
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2012

Take your time and enjoy this very well maintained national park. It is filled with new discoveries and so many things to photograph

Visited January 2012
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“Out of reach but worth it”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2012

For those wh have the oportunity to visit it, this is truly an amazing place

the easiest way to visit is if you:
trek altar
climb sangay
visit Ozogoche
Visit Atillo lakes

you can find plenty of info online

Visited June 2011
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“Unbound beauty”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2012

I went to Sanjay National Park with the intention of hiking from Candelaria (Hacienda Releche) to the refuge, then up to the crater lake just under the peak of El Altar. It is a two day hike, of which one night is spent in the refuge. When I showed up to Hacienda Releche, it was closed, so no guide was available to take me up the trail to the refuge. Despite this, I was reassured by the National Park office that the trail was straightforward and easy to follow-not so. I hiked for four hours, at which point, the trail ended. I picked up something of a trail, which then split. I realized it was getting dark and needed to make a decision. I ran back the way I came, to avoid having to sleep in the rain under a bush. I asked the family who lives at the trailhead, and whom I ran into on the trail, if I was indeed going the right direction. Even the locals don't know how to get to the refuge. PLEASE do not try to attempt this on your own, without a guide. These trails are merely cow trails that you are following, and are not marked. If you wish to go for a day hike, bring proper hiking boots and gaitors, or buy a pair of rubber boots, as you are walking in deep mud for the first 1-1 1/2 hours.
To get to Hacienda Releche, take the bus from Riobamba or Banos (to either location) and get off in the town of Penipe. From there, you can take a taxi to the town of Candelaria (where Hacienda Releche is - $10 one way). Either make arrangements for a pick up by the taxi later (there are no taxis in Candelaria) or you can take one of the buses from the main square in Candelaria (at least a 30 minute walk from the hacienda). Buses leave a few times a day back to Penipe (2PM, 5 or 6PM).

Visited January 2012
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