Cajas National Park is a stone’s throw away and a world apart from Cuenca

El Cajas National Park is a national park in the highlands of Ecuador, just a mere 30 kilometers west of Cuenca. But it is a world away from the famous colonial city and is a place every visitor to Ecuador should experience. The park is quite large, with an area of 285.44 km2 (28,544 hectare or 110 square miles). For those people concerned about high altitude issues, its height ranges between 3,100 meters (10,170 feet) and 4,450 meters (14,600 feet) above sea level. The park offers visitors a look at tundra vegetation on a jagged landscape of hills and valleys. It was declared a National Park on November…

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