Hiking in Cuenca

The main hiking attracting in Cuenca is the nearby national park Cajas. However there are some other options in the foothills that surround the city. Due to how quickly the weather can change, it is always recommended that you travel prepared for any type of weather; intense sunshine and heavy downpours can occur within a span of 20 minutes. The altitude of Cuenca and the surrounding hills is pretty high, so be sure to stay hydrated as well.

Trails in the foothills

NameDistance KMDifficulty
Cerro Guagualzhumi  ???


Pico de Pescado???Alta
Cascada Cabogana???Alta

Trails in Parque Nacional Cajas

Source - Mapa Parque Nacional Cajas - ETAPA
NameDistance KMDifficulty
Naturaleza e Historia Humana4.46Moderada
Cumbre del Cerro San Luis2.51Alta
Valle de Quinas8.94Moderada
Caminos Históricos6.79Moderada
Cumbre del Avilahuaycu1.87Alta
Al Encuentro con el Valle de Burines6.36Alta
Camino del Inca y la Lagunas Mayores18.49Alta
Ruta de la GRan OsoHuaycu15.78Alta
Sendero Camino García Moreno2.46Moderada
Sendero Toreadora2.82Baja
Sendero Uku2.1Baja
Sendero Tres Cruces0.57 Baja 
Sendero Zig-Szag3.11Moderada
Sendero Illincocha0.16Baja
Sendero Laguna Cucheros0.99Baja

Getting There

What To Bring

Weather can change rapidly in the parámo so go prepared.

  • Rain Jacket
  • Beanie
  • Gator
  • Scarf
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Headlamp / Flashlight
  • Portable battery / extra batteries
  • Download offline map of area or use the app Maps.me
  • Plastic bag to carry out trash you find along your hike


  • http://www.parque-nacional-cajas.org/

Tour Agencies

  • Agency 1
  • Agency 2