Parque Nacional Cajas

After 3 days of staying in Cuenca I decided i needed to see the surounding country side, so i decided to go to Cajas National Park.

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At altitudes between 9,000 and 12,000ft, the park encompasses 70,000 acres. And is a reserve to several endangered animals including the south american condor.
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There are several cool trails to hike. With broud differences in difficulty and lenghth.
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Because the park is so big, once you get away from the refuge, you pretty much have the place to yourself.
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The park had several lakes and lagoons. These supply water to Cuenca and other near by cities.
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The park also had some cool flowers and letchins.
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And wild llamas.
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Ok so here is where it gets weird. The trail i did started at the refuge, where the bus stop was, and ended further down on the main road in the park, but the ranger at the office assured me i would still be able to catch a bus from there. However when i got to the road, none of the buses heading to Cuenca Were taking any passengers. Which was fine because i had some very interesting locals, who also happened to be going to Cuenca. to handout with. But suddenly a truck with high walled bed came flying down the road, pulled over yelled Cuenca. And motioned for us to hop in.
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So that started our decent down the mountain. Passing cars buses, the driver showed off the trucks handeling quite well. All in all, it made for a great adrinallin rush.
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Take it easy,

Paul

Ps: When showing off for a girl, it’s best to stick things you’ve done recently, and not attempt something like trying to unicycle on a unicycle you barrowed from acrobat. On a unrelated note: ripping the crotch out of ones pants, realy helps wih ventilation, especially when you have 4hrs of partying left to do.

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