Cajas National Park Recommended

Some thirty kilometers west of Cuenca – and 1500 meters up in elevation – lays the ethereal paramo (high Andean grassland) of Parque Nacional Cajas. Low hanging clouds and fog, windblown grassy plains, countless shimmering lagoons, and dramatic mountain peaks combine to give the chilly park an otherworldly aura.

Adding to the dreamlike nature of the park is the absence of almost any tree other than the thick groves of tiny tangled polylepis trees – which grow at the highest elevation of any tree in the world – tucked into sheltered gullies and hillsides. Day hikes of several difficulty levels are easily done from Cuenca, while multi-day treks across the 288 square kilometer park are also possible. The park entrance fee for foreigners is $10.

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Borders: 
In the north Azuay borders to Canar, west to Guayas, south to El Oro and Loja and east to Morona Santiago.

Population: 
626.000

Capital: 
Cuenca

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