Parque Nacional Cajas

On Sunday, February 13, 2011, we set out for a day trip to Parque Cajas.  The park sits about 48 miles northwest of Cuenca.  It encompasses over 1,100 square miles and sits mostly at more than 12,000 feet above sea level.  It is dotted with 235 lakes and lagunas and is almost always wet and foggy.  It feeds the rivers that flow into Cuenca and is run by the city’s water authority.

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Especially important are small forests of Polylepis trees that are found in sheltered hollows and natural depressions.  These trees grow at the highest elevation of any trees in the world. Continue reading