Welcome to Highlands Sector
From the refugio, several self-guided trails wend through the cloud forest. More strenuous and wide-ranging is the 5km Los Miradores loop trail, a four-hour hike up through the cloud forest and into the páramo (grasslands) – expect strong winds. Another trail that branches off the Miradores leads 14.5km to the highland lakes of Lagunas del Compadre and requires a minimum of three days’ round-trip for most hikers. There is no water between the trailhead and the lakes.
The Ministerio del Medio Ambiente in Loja can provide detailed information, and the control (where you'll sign in) has simple maps.