Is the Cajas National Park in Cuenca worth seeing?
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Apr 26, 2013 10:53 PM Last Post By: SwissaMissa
Apr 21, 2013 11:32 AM
Is the Cajas National Park in Cuenca worth seeing?My dad and I have two days in Cuenca. I've already been but he hasn't and I know there's so much to see. I've been told Incapirca isn't really worth going to, so an alternative is Parque Nacional Cajas. Is it worth going to? Maybe for an afternoon if that's logistically possible?
Apr 21, 2013 7:27 PM
1I really liked Cajas park, I thought it was great for doing a day hike (park staff at the centre can help you but options exist for hikes anywhere from 3-6 hours long), and getting to Cajas is logistically simple, and it's only 45 minutes from Cuenca.
You have to get on a Guayaquil bound bus, the only catch is preference for a bus seat will always go to someone paying full fare to Guayaquil. And unlike some regions of Ecuador they won't pack the bus beyond the # of seats. I wasn't allowed on the first bus cause it was full, but I only waited 30minutes total at the station before I got on a 2nd one - don't let that detail discourage you, more for your info.
And skip Ingapirca, you were told correctly, the major problem with it isn't so much the site is dull, just it's over 5 hours of time on the bus to get there & back, and it's just not worth 5 hours of your day. If it was a 45 min trip, I'd say it might be worthwhile, although I'd still pick Cajas.
If you leave in the morning, you could be back for the early afternoon. You have a better chance of sun/good weather in the morning.
Apr 22, 2013 1:21 AM
Apr 22, 2013 9:13 AM
Apr 22, 2013 12:50 PM
Apr 23, 2013 1:53 PM
Apr 26, 2013 10:53 PM
6Ah, Parque Cajas! What an incredible experience! Who cares that it was cold and wet the day I went! The most incredible sight to me was a "bosque de quinoa" -- 400-year old trees who ONLY grow in that particular region, nowhere else in the world. It felt a little bit like being in some bewitched and enchanted forest. I got tripped up by a little goblin and went sliding down in the black mud on my backside...to the delight of everyone else in the group. Enjoy!
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