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Private Trekking Full-Day Tour at Cajas National Park

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Cuenca, Ecuador
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icon7 to 8 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
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Overview

The Cajas National Park is a paradise for hikers, but the high altitude can make trekking a challenge. This private full-day trekking tour is tailored to your fitness level and preferences, so you can discover the park’s natural wonders at a pace that suits you, visiting natural wonders and historic sites including Cucheros Lagoon, Burines Valley, Mamamag Lagoon, the Camino Real del Inca, and Llaviucu forest. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
  • Full-day Cajas National Park trekking tour from Cuenca
  • Hike around Burines Valley, Mamamag Lagoon, and Llaviucu forest
  • Explore the Inca ruins along the Camino Real del Inca
  • Spot exotic birds such as Andean toucan, turquoise magpie, and hummingbirds
  • Moderate level trek, suitable for participants of reasonable fitness
  • Tour includes hotel pickup and drop-off
  • This private tour can be customized to your interests and ensures you’ll receive personalized attention from your guide
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National Park fees
Driver
Professional guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Lunch
Food and drinks, unless specified
Personal Expenses

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
We will pick up you up at the start point or your accommodation address in Cuenca and we will take you to the Cajas National Park.

Departure Time

8:00 AM
Your tour begins with pickup from your central Cuenca hotel in time for an 8am departure. Traveling in the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle, set out on the around 30-minute journey to the Cajas National Park.

Begin your hike at the Cucheros Lagoon, at 12,959 feet (3,950 meters) above sea level, and set out on an around 40-minute uphill walk to Cuchilla at 13,156 feet (4,010 meters). After taking in the views, which span the entire Burine Valley, continue exploring, passing natural wonders such as the Burin Grande, Burin Chico, and Ingañam lagoons. Continue to the Mamamag Lagoon, where you’ll walk along part of the ancient Camino Real del Inca.

After lunch, head down into the Llaviucu valley, admiring the changing landscapes as you follow forest trails and look out for exotic birds, including Andean toucan, turquoise magpie, and hummingbirds.

After a full day exploring the park’s natural wonders, return to Cuenca, where your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel around 4pm.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Cuenca
From Cuenca we moved to the Cajas National Park to the area of Caballo Shayana, where we said goodbye to our driver. The hike begins in the Laguna de Cucheros (height 3950 meters) Our naturalist guide will accompany us throughout the tour, which begins with a hike for 40 minutes to the blade/ edge (height 4080 meters) from where we observe the valley of Burines (height 4010 m) where there are several lagoons such as Burin grande, Burin chico, Ingañan among others; where we dive into the Andean pajonal while admiring the natural attractions especially the panoramic view of the sector and the canyon where the slope that will feed the Mamamag and Llaviucu lagoons descends.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
El Cajas National Park
The route leads us to the Mamamag Lagoon (3500msnm) which combines a walk between streams and a small forest of polylephys, as well as traces of pre-Columbian cultures on the Inca Royal Trail. Short stop to take the box lunch. The trail takes us to an important viewpoint from where we observe the spectacular valley of Llaviucu We continue the journey through the Forest of San Antonio we start the descent towards the forest of Llaviucu, where the landscape changes drastically from pajonal to high montane forest.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Cuenca
Finally, we will reach Llaviuco (height 3100 meters) which is considered the best place in the National Park for bird watching. This high montane forest is in excellent state of conservation, allowing to easily find very striking species such as the Andean Toucan Pechigris (Andigena hypoglauca), the Andean Pava (Penelope montagnii) the Masked Trogon (Trogon personatus), the Turquoise Magpie (Cyanolyca turcosa) and several species of colourful tangaras and some waterfowl. The twelve species of hummingbirds recorded in the area are a sample of the high diversity reached by this group of birds in the montane ecosystems, and among these stands out the hummingbird Frentiestrella Arcoiris (Coeligena irie), the Rayito Brillante (Anglaeactis cupripennis) and sword Peak. Return to Cuenca
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Dress code is confortable shoes and warm clothes
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • WARNING: At the moment you choose this tour you have to give us information about your state of health. Because the tour is private, if you don't feel good (because of the high) we complete the tour with another visit inside the zone. That way you will have a private guide to realize the walk according to your rhythm and state of health.
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Travelers should have a strong physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY BM TOURS SA

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Trekking Full-Day Tour at Cajas National Park?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Private Trekking Full-Day Tour at Cajas National Park?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Private Trekking Full-Day Tour at Cajas National Park?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Private Trekking Full-Day Tour at Cajas National Park.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Trekking Full-Day Tour at Cajas National Park?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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