Hiking El Cajas National Park

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  • DurationFull Day (hike 5-6 hours)
  • Starting point Your hotel in Cuenca (9AM)
  • Group size1 - 10 pax
  • Year-round
  • Bookings At least three days in advance

Embark on a journey that takes you through the diverse landscapes and unique ecosystems of El Cajas National Park. Located close to Cuenca, this park is perfect for nature lovers and adventure seekers looking to explore one of Ecuador’s hidden gems.

Your adventure begins with an easy-paced hike in Llaviuco, a lower part of the park that serves as your introduction to the stunning landscapes you’re about to explore. From there, you’ll be taken to the “three crosses” (Tres Cruces), a significant point that marks the continental divide between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to partake in a short walk and observe the area’s unique geography.

Throughout hiking El Cajas National Park, there will be scheduled stops for lunch and to take in the scenic views. These breaks offer you a chance to soak in the natural wonders and breathtaking vistas that El Cajas National Park has to offer. The tour culminates with a walk around a portion of the Laguna Toreadora, providing a peaceful setting to reflect on the day’s adventures before heading back to Cuenca.

By the end of this full-day tour, you’ll have experienced the magical diversity of El Cajas National Park, from its varying altitudes and unique ecosystems to its stunning scenic viewpoints.

More hiking tours in Ecuador

If you’re interested in exploring more of what Ecuador has to offer, keep an eye out for our upcoming Adventure Travel Style Guide. This guide will feature a variety of hiking tours in the area, each offering different levels of difficulty and landscapes to explore.

Looking for something more tailored to your adventurous spirit? We also offer custom trips that allow you to design your own itinerary, ensuring a unique and personalized experience.

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What makes this experience Impactful?

This tour is designed with a dual focus on education and local impact. By showcasing the biological and geological diversity of El Cajas National Park, we aim to raise awareness about the importance of preserving these unique ecosystems. The educational aspect of the tour not only offers insights into the local flora, fauna, and geological features but also encourages responsible behavior among visitors.

Economically, the tour employs local guides and utilizes services within the community, ensuring that the financial benefits of tourism are well-distributed. This approach is coupled with a commitment to ethical practices, including respectful and mutually beneficial interactions with local communities.

To minimize our environmental footprint, we adhere to “Leave No Trace” principles and limit group sizes to reduce impact on natural areas.


Price Includes

  • Private transportation to/from CuencaPickup time: 9am
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Boxed lunch
  • Entrance fees

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Frequently Asked Questions

About Hiking El Cajas National Park

Is this tour physically demanding?

Hiking El Cajas National Park is rated as moderate, suitable for people with a reasonable level of fitness. You will be hiking between 5 to 6 hours on this tour.

Is this a private excursion or will I share the experience with other travelers?

This is a private tour for you (and your party).

Do I have to pay any entrance fees?

No, these are included in the price.

What is the highest point during this route?

Well, the highest point in El Cajas National Park is the 4,450 m high Cerro Arquitectos (Architects Hill). With today’s hike your will reach heights between 3.100 m and 4.450 meters above sea level.

What kind of weather should we expect during this route?

Ecuador’s Andean region has temperature swings due to its altitude, with 15-25°C (59-77°F) in the day and 0-10°C (32-50°F) at night. Rainy season is from November-May with a brief dry period in December-January. Mornings are typically sunny even in the rainy season.

Find more info about climates in Ecuador in our blog “Best Time to Travel to Ecuador“. 

Are meals included?

Yes, we are bringing a boxed lunch for you. However, please bring a few snacks with you to ensure you’ve got the energy needed for your hike.

What should I pack for this tour?

Please refer to our article What to Pack for your Trip to Ecuador for all your questions about packing for your Peru trip. Whether you’re going to the jungle or the mountains, you’ll find the answers you need. 

Is this tour suitable for seniors?

The tour is rated as moderate, so it may not be suitable for everyone. Please consult with your healthcare provider if you have concerns.

Are there any restrictions for a certain medical condition?

Participants should be in good physical condition to partake in the hike. We do not recommend this tour for individuals with heart conditions, severe asthma, or mobility issues. If you have a specific medical condition, please consult with your healthcare provider before booking.

What is the cancellation policy?

You can cancel up to 24 hours before the tour without any penalty.

General questions

For questions about booking a tour, prices, preparation for your trip, health and safety or other themes, please check our Frequently Asked Questions page. If you can’t find your question & answer, email us and we’ll add it!


El Cajas National Park

I am a sanctuary of unique biodiversity and geology that stretches from 3.100 to 4.450 meters above sea level. My main goal is to preserve this diversity and educate those who visit me. By adopting a sustainable tourism approach, I not only receive the necessary resources for my maintenance and conservation but also provide an educational platform on the importance of sustainability and respect for nature. So when you visit me, you’re not just taking away an unforgettable experience; you’re also contributing to my well-being and preservation.