Enjoy our hiking adventure in Cajas National Park! We visit the intercontinental water division and then Toreadora refuge to take a hike through the highlands to explore the Cajas lake system and the unique Polylepis Forest. Afterwards we will visit the LLaviuco montane forest for a second hike.
ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: El Cajas National Park, Cuenca, Azuay ProvinceWe start out tour with hotel pick ups in Cuenca at 8am. We drive for about an hour to Toreadora refuge from where we will take a 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. Afterwards, we will explore the Llaviuco Montane Forest where you will be able to appreciate the contrast of the park. After a full day adventure we drive back to Cuenca. We will stop at a local restaurant for lunch. The specialty is trout! The park includes approximately 768 lakes in an area of 70,533 acres. It is one of the most important water sources in Cuenca and Ecuador. It has gained international prominence in several categories: Wetland of International Importance in 2002 by RAMSAR, Area of International Importance for the Conservation of Birds by IBA in 2003 and Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2013.Duration: 7 hoursPass By: Cuenca Bestours, Cuenca, Azuay Province.