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Ecuador - Cuenca - Cajas National Park

I dedicated one of my four days in Cuenca to a hike in its famous Cajas National Park that is situated 30 km West of Cuenca. Challenge more than the hike was the very high altitude. At the foot of the Cajas Mountains it was around 3200 metres above sea level. We did a fun type hike here just so we could adjust to the altitude. I did not find that difficult at all. Quite interesting how wet everything was. And was very glad I layered up with all of the warm clothes I'd brought with me, including my parka. Unfortunately I did not have boots on me, but my New Balance runners were quite OK, and it fortunately did not rain during the hike. The hike at 3200 metres was about an hour in duration. These were some of the scenes I photographed:

We then were bussed in a mini-bus up the mountain up to 4200 metres above sea level. Visiting the continental divide spot as per the photos below. Was FREEZING cold here. Also, here was the one and only time when I, and every one else, had battles with the altitude. Walking uphill was an effort.

We were then bussed down to 3800 metres where we did a light hike of about three hours downhill mostly:

Thought this was a great Notice Board, sort of says it all ...

Photos during this hike:

At end of hike we had a very late lunch at this restaurant:

The owners of the pond - two cheeky cygnets and a black swan.

The owner of the restaurant's company vehicle. Interesting construction.

And his home:

4 blog comments below

Absolutely fantastic, Dean. I don't know about vehicle though.
standready on Sat Nov 24, 2012 10:42 pm
Right. Interesting vehicle .... Twisted Evil Wonder what it would be like driving it. Can imagine VERY uncomfortable.
deanhills on Sun Nov 25, 2012 2:36 am
Those are some great pictures. This just makes me want to travel. I don't know how people do it. I mean, there's the money to get there and not to mention the time you'd need off from work. I would want to go somewhere for a decent amount of time (a month!) and then I could go to a number of places and just take my time. Too young for this stuff!
TheGremlyn on Tue Feb 12, 2013 2:00 am
The flights from New York to Quito are really affordable. I flew with LAN Ecuador. I flew Delta from Pierre Trudeau directly to JFK and then got a real special ticket from JFK to Quito. LAN flies from Canada as well, but the ticket was a little more expensive.

You can check out the LAN Airline Website. What was quite fascinating was that I could make effortless changes to my flight dates without incurring a penalty. Even at their cheapest discount rate. The flight was high standard, punctual with a great service. Can really recommend LAN Ecuador.
deanhills on Tue Feb 12, 2013 10:25 pm

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