Parque Cajas - from Lago Toreadora via Patoquinuas to Virgen

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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
8.3 km
Duration
3:24h
Ascent
36 m
Descent
371 m
Public transport friendly
The hike starts at the Information Center and it takes you around past Lake Toreadora, through a quinua forest and down past Lake Totoras and Lake Patoquinuas. The trail ends back at the highway, around 8km east of the Information Center, at the Quinuas checkpoint, where you can catch a bus back to Cuenca
The tour consists of Route 2 and Route 1, according to the Parque Cajas official routes
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Difficulty
difficult
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
3959 m
Lowest point
3614 m

Safety information

Please check in with park rangers in the starting point

Start

Information center near Laguna Toreadora (3947 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
-2.783129, -79.222582
UTM
17M 697582 9692229

Destination

Park checkpoint on the road to Cuenca

Public transport

Public transport friendly

It is possible to reach the starting point by bus - in Cuenca take a bus towards Cajas. You can also catch a return bus on the road. Otherwise a taxi from Cuenca should not cost more than $20

Getting there

Local bus to Cajas, or taxi. The starting point is near the road

Parking

There is parking near the information center
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Equipment

Make sure you have waterproof shoes - there is plenty of muddy soil and swamps
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Travel Guide: Hikes in Ecuador


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