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El Cajas National Park

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Known for its more than 275 Andean lakes and many waterfalls, this national park is a popular destination for trout fishing, rugged hiking and camping.
Suggested duration: < 1 hour
Cuenca 010219, Ecuador
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We made a short stop here for about an hour on our way to another destination. As a hiking fool, I was desolate that there was not enough time to explore some of the many trails that they offer. The environment has considerable bio-diversity with...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank lunanegra5
Reviewed 3 days ago

We had a wonderful, small walk. The views were amazing although because of the high we felt a bit dizzy. If I go to Cuenca again I will be visit again.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank taniadennissoto
Reviewed 6 days ago

A must see visit while in Cuenca, Ecuador. This national park is unique in the altitude of the mountains and the water which forms the drinking water for the Cuenca area. Seeing the many wildflowers and learning about how the natives use the different plants...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank C3769YVlindal
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We drove through the park with a mini van And saw spectacular mountains valleys rain fog We travel Soo high that we were above the clouds Spectacular but also scary as we had many sharp hair line turns There are spectacular lakes waterfalls Also great...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank trekker0325
Reviewed 1 week ago

While visiting our daughter in Cuenca in January of 2018, my wife, daughter and I took a day trip to Cajas. Our daughter, who by then had been in Cuenca for 4 months, and had been to Cajas before, took us on a city bus...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank T4917VTpeterf
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hiking at 13,000’ immediately after spending a week scuba diving in the Galapagos was taxing from a “catch your breath” perspective. It was all worth it as the terrain, views, lakes, mountains, llamas, flora and fauna were just spectacular. If you are going to travel...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Pcolajim
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The park is located only 35km northwest from Cuenca along the main road that crosses over to Guayaquil. We visited this park, via a private guided tour with Apullacta Expedition. This option was affordable as we were two couples travelling together so we just split...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We made a guided tour in several parts of El Cajas National Park and it is a beautiful (and enormous) park to visit. Especially the many lakes and surroundings.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Piet005
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Cajas are a must and not a one time visit. Do not miss the Tres Cruzes. Be prepared for a slow long climb, it is worth it! Many trails. Pick one, then come back again and again for the others. Be prepared for all...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Laura J
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We started our hike down from 13,600+ feet elevation, took our time and taking plenty of photos along the way. Exploring the "Cloud Forest" and the many streams. After 2 hours we ended our hike at 12, 500+ feet elevation in absolute wonder. Take you...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Jany M
October 4, 2018|
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Response from Joanna C | Reviewed this property |
I do not know exactly as I travel in my car. I asked a couple of friends and the fares varied from $8 to $15 spending where the fare started in town.
Bernardo R
April 16, 2018|
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Response from elizabetteu | Reviewed this property |
It is an open space. There is no visible restrictions.
Shukura B
September 29, 2017|
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Response from Timothy T | Reviewed this property |
I dunno, they run out of town fairly regularly. The return is the more important part.