El Cajas National Park

El Cajas National Park: Our 2021 detailed guide from how to get there, prices and much more!

El Cajas National Park Brief Summary

  • El Cajas National Park offers incredible scenery of Andean moorland
  • Enjoy cloud forests in this section of the Ecuadorian Andes
  • There are more than 200 lakes and lagoons in the park
  • The park is home to hundreds of species of endemic plants and birds

El Cajas National Park Guide Contents

  1. Tour Information – Most popular activities for travelers.
  2. Important Information – Things you need to know for your tour.
  3. What to Bring – A list of things for you to pack for your tour.
  4. Photo Gallery – The best pictures of this incredible place.

Below, we have created our extensive guide to El Cajas National Park based on our expert local knowledge and experience transporting countless people in Ecuador each year.


Ecuador Hop guides can assist you with booking a tour of El Cajas National Park as well as all other tours on your trip to Ecuador. Space is available daily.

You will be picked up from your hotel in Cuenca and taken to the park. The tour begins with a downhill walk to visit the Llaviuco zone. After this, continue on the way to visit the Tres Cruces mirador.

Climb back into the vehicle and be driven to Lake Toradora, where we visit the Interpretation Center. The hike then continues through mountains, passing lakes and forests before arriving for lunch in the restaurant (included).

Included in the Tour

  • Transportation
  • Bilingual Tour Guide
  • Lunch
  • Entrance Fee

Not Included in the Tour

  • Drinks
  • Personal Expenses (eg. souveniers)
  • Tips



Important Information for the Group Tour

  • The group tour has a minimum age requirement of 11 years and a maximum age of 65 years. If members of your party fall outside of this range, we recommend taking a private tour.
  • Children must be accompanied by two adults.
  • It is a requirement of the tour that participants be in good physical condition

Important Information for the Private Tour

  • The private tour is much more flexible according to the passenger’s needs. You can enjoy your own tour guide and explore at your own pace.
  • If you may suffer from altitude sickness it is strongly recommended you take a private tour so that adjustments to the itinerary can be made for you.
  • If you wish to take a longer hike, you can sign up for a private tour or the “Trekking El Cajas National Park 6-8 hours Inca Trail 1 day” option


  • Wear shoes that are comfortable for hiking
  • Pack a windbreaker and wear warm but removable layers of clothes. Temperatures vary wildly.
  • Sunscreen & Sunglasses
  • If participants need ponchos or rubber boots, please request in advance
  • Bottled water
  • Some money

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