Cajas National Park Hike: Toreadora Lake Hike

From $101 per person

A full day private visit to Cajas National Park including a stop at Llaviuco Lake and Three Crosses before undertaking a hike in high paramo from Toreadora Lake.

  • Activity Level: Moderate
  • Tour Duration: 7 hours
  • Hike Duration: 3 hours (8km)
  • Highlights: Cajas National Park, Llaviuco Lake, Three Crosses, Toreadora Lake, Polylepis Forest, Totoras Lake, Pataquinoas Lake
Wetland lakes in Cajas National Park with surrounding paramo grasses and rugged mountains


Cajas National Park offers impressive glacial landscapes of cloud forest and Andean paramo. The silent, craggy mountains invite us to explore incredible trails through an area scattered with over 200 lakes and lagoons. During our hike we can learn more about the endemic flora and fauna of this region.

This morning our private guide will pick us up from our hotel in Cuenca. We travel west from the city towards Cajas National Park.

Our first stop of the day is the area of Llaviuco, a glacial lake found at 3100m. The trail which takes us through forested areas around the circumference of the lagoon is flat and easy, and takes around 45 minutes to 1 hour in total. A perfect morning warm up hike.

We then continue onto visit the highest area in Cajas, known as Tres Cruces (Three Crosses) at 4160m. From here we get amazing panoramic views of the national park. Great photo opportunity and time for our guide to explain more about the geology and geography of the area.

Our hike today begins at the National Park’s Visitor Center, next to the dramatic Toreadora Lake. It takes place at an altitude of 3900m – 3600m.

We take part of the lake trail, walking along its banks and enjoying the lake views before venturing deeper into the national park. A short climb brings us up through areas of highland grasses to an outlook offering fantastic views of the glacial valleys, lakes and mountains below.

The trail begins its descent through a magical polylepis forest before leading us down to the paramo lakes of Totoras and Pataquinoas. From here we begin a 20 minute ascent which brings us back up to the visitor center where we began. (8km – 3 hours)

Lunch included in a local restaurant.

Return to Cuenca in the afternoon.


Prices 2024

2 people
$129 p/p
3 - 4 people
$115 p/p
5 - 6 people
$101 p/p

Price includes:
Private transportation, top English speaking naturalist hiking guide, lunch.

Not included:
Soft & alcoholic drinks, Tips and personal expenses

Prices are stated in US Dollars.
Prices are valid until 31st December 2024.
This tour begins and ends in the city of Cuenca.

Beginning the hike in Cajas National Park
Cajas National Park Hike
Cajas National Park Hike
Walking through achupallas in Cajas National Park
Walking through Polylepis Forest - Cajas National Park Hike
Great views on Cajas National Park Hike