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Parque Nacional Podocarpus

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Great Horse Back ride... Poor Horses

Entered the Park at the entrance nearest Vilcabamba... The Guide and two of us was all there was... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Dennis M
Loja, Ecuador
Excellent park, bad visit!

My boyfriend and I visited Podocarpus and chose to do the Miradores 5km loop. We opted to get a... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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All reviews km loop park entrance beautiful hike worth the effort lookout point steep climb bring water pickup truck spectacular views dirt road bird species ranger station podocarpus national park nature hikers taxi hiking
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Entered the Park at the entrance nearest Vilcabamba... The Guide and two of us was all there was. The guide had sandwiches for us for lunch. We dismounted at a waterfall, cooled down then continued. When my "partner" dismounted, his foot got caught in the...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Dennis M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My boyfriend and I visited Podocarpus and chose to do the Miradores 5km loop. We opted to get a taxi to the Refugio in the park (hence avoiding the 8km uphill walk from the entrance). You have to stop at the park entrance to register...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank zaragoozee
Reviewed 22 October 2018

Visiting Podocarpus National Park netted us several beautiful birds such as the Inca Jay. Actually there was one on a nest and 3 bringing her food! Also saw numerous humming birds.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 20 October 2018

Went bird watching here with guide (Pablo Andrades, from Exploraves Birding Tours Ecuador). Guide very affordable and knowledgeable and courteous. Highly recommend.Super abundant wildlife, we saw about 25 types of bird species, many highly colourful and beautiful. Fantastic experience for families with older children (walking...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 686suzannes
Reviewed 15 October 2018

My girlfriend and I spent the day here and had an absolutely amazing time. There is a steep climb to lookout point which takes around 2 hours, and after you can cool off in one of the most natural, beautiful rivers I have ever had...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Dan L
Reviewed 22 September 2018 via mobile

This park is absolutely gorgeous but like everything in the mountains, the bikes are very steep. It's a long way from the ranger station at the road to the trailhead, either take a taxi or rent a car. Worth the effort!

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 20 June 2018 via mobile

20 minutes away from cuenca city, El Cajas national park is a great place where to enjoy the close contact with nature and understand the importance of paramo ecosystem and water conservation. Once you reach the entrance of the national park, you need to register...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank naturesebas
Reviewed 12 March 2018

We arranged for a taxi to take us to Podocarpus and he also waited to take us back. It was warm in Loja when we left and gradually grew cooler as we gained altitude near the park. The hiking was great even though their was...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed 5 March 2018

great trip there and really wonderful area ---worth seeing --weather was cool but great --- so dress for local conditions

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank cyber f
Reviewed 9 January 2018

I took a really cheap bus around and around the twisting Andean mountain roads from the quaint and friendly city of Loja to this village. That is what it is, a village. My legs hurt from some injuries and I had no problem keeping up...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Lee M
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Response from Lee M | Reviewed this property |
You accidentally sent to wrong person. I think you meant to write to "awesometravelers" -- best of luck!