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Hike through the ecosystem of primary cloud forest, afterwards the intercontinental water division and finally take an amazing walk across the highlands to exprore the unique Polylepis Forest. 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

Description:

Cajas National Park is located a short 40-minute drive from Cuenca. 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.

We start the tour with a hike through the ecosystem of primary montane forest or cloud forest.  Afterwards, we will visit the dividing inland waterway, and, finally we will take an amazing walk 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.

Before returning to Cuenca, we will have lunch at a traditional restaurant in the area. The speciality is trout! 




Highlights:

    Location: Cuenca, Ecuador

    Duration: 7 to 8 hrs

    Voucher Redembtion: You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity. 





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    Additional Information


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      Departure Point:
      Hotel pick ups

      Departure Time: 8:30am

      Departure Time Comments:

      Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 - 60 minutes prior to this time, exact pickup time will be advised on reconfirmation.



      Hotel Pickup Available: Yes

      Return Details:
      Original pick up point

    • Inclusions:
      • Hotel/port pickup and drop-off
      • Naturalist Tour Guide
      • Transport by private vehicle
      • All taxes, fees and handling charges
      • Lunch with trout option (If option selected)

    • Exclusions:
      • Gratuities (optional)

    • Other Information:
      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
      • Vegetarian/Vegan/Gluten Free/Lactose Free options are available, please advise at time of booking
      • Not wheelchair accessible
      • For 1 to 5 passengers, a bilingual guide will also be the driver. For more than 5 passengers, a driver and a bilingual guide will be provided.
      • Not recommended for pregnant women
      • Not recommended for participants with heart complaints or other serious medical conditions


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