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El Cajas National Park

Cuenca 010219, Ecuador
+593 99 366 4508
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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.
  • Excellent77%
  • Very good18%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
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“high altitude” (50 reviews)
“el cajas” (55 reviews)
Cuenca 010219, Ecuador
+593 99 366 4508
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We took a bus from Cuenca to La Toreadora from the Terrestre Terminal (take a bus for Guayaquil, but make sure it goes through El Cajas). Signed in at La Toreadora (important) and went for a combined route 2 and 1. A total of 10...More

Thank Lars_Brondum
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I went with my family which included a 4 yr old and 60 yr old mother in law in July. We were FREEEEEZING. Dress appropriately. We knew it would be cold but didn't expect that kind of chill. The journey down to the lake and...More

Thank Chrislinusa
Reviewed 1 week ago

We hiked on route #1 until we got to the Quinoa Forest, aptly nicknamed the "Paper Tree Forest." There we ran into a gentleman who suggested we might want to turn around after exploring the forest and go back an hike around the lake and...More

1  Thank Deb H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a great time hiking Cajas! Our kids who are 8 and 12 really enjoyed it as well! Some beautiful views! The hike itself is fairly easy and diverse. Bring ponchos!! It started sunny and got rainy halfway through our hike...it added to the adventure!

Thank vdirani
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fuimos a pescar truchas y fue increíble. Paseo muy agradable. We went trout fishing with some locals and it was amazing.

Thank Alejandro M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went on a shortish hike (a few hours) with a group of students I was chaperoning on a study-abroad trip. We were lucky with a fabulous-weather day; I can imagine it would have been a sloppier and more difficult trek on one of the...More

Thank LVPD
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped at the Cajas lookout for a brief hike on our way to Cuenca. We only walked up to the first little lookout area so I can't speak for the longer hikes, but it was just ok. I thought the lookout points we stopped...More

Thank jensum79
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful park very cold great for fishing and to have an adventure. Not far from the city lots of wild life

Thank JUAN A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went here with Javier of Cuenca Bestours who guided us through the dramatic landscape telling us about flora, fauna and wildlife throughout. Thoroughly recommend a visit but wrap up warm as the temperature drops a lot at this altitude and don't forget your binoculars.

Thank _lindsaywinchester
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Just look at my pictures, they speak for themselves. I would just recommend being ready for a hike, bring appropriate shoes, a map, water, a small backpack, appropriate clothes for a hike.. maybe a scarf and ask for a tour guide and you'll be more...More

Thank Veronica L
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January 26, 2016|
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Response from m0nkeysee | Reviewed this property |
I went on an easy 3 hour hike with James at FINTASTIC ADVENTURES in December. He is very good with finding the right hike for you. Even though the trail head was easy to locate, the trail around the lake was not well defined... More
September 29, 2015|
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Response from Hauna H | Reviewed this property |
We went to the bus terminal and got on one of the busses heading to Cajas. If you don't have a guide you have to get off at the entrance and register - basically the bus driver will kick you off when you need to get off... More
August 29, 2015|
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Response from danrobe2007 | Reviewed this property |
I agree with Don P. Most of the accessible area of the Cajas is too high for cloud forest. The city of Cuenca, which is at a lower elevation is also above the areas of cloud forest. Your hike will depend on how you adjust... More