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Parque Nacional Podocarpus

Loja, Ecuador
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A walk to contemplate nature

20 minutes away from cuenca city, El Cajas national park is a great place where to enjoy the close... read more

Reviewed 20 June 2018
Sebastián V
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Excellent Day

We arranged for a taxi to take us to Podocarpus and he also waited to take us back. It was warm in... read more

Reviewed 12 March 2018
Scout K
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“km loop” (4 reviews)
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Loja, Ecuador
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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

Thank Sebastián V
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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

Thank Scout K
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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

Thank cyber f
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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

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Reviewed 13 December 2017

My wife and I walked the 10 mile round trip from the highway to the “refugio.” Unfortunately, a hard rain prevented us from hiking the Mirador trail. However, our trek to the refugio was terrific and the scenery jaw-dropping. Visiting Parque Nacional Podocarpus was one...More

Thank bryjak
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Reviewed 30 October 2017

We visited on a Sunday afternoon. This park is well-maintained and was a joy to visit. Many families were eating, playing futbol, riding the paddleboats and horses, and getting exercise. The space is quite lovely and a must-see for Loja visitors.

Thank Alan T
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Reviewed 6 September 2017

For budget minded travelers, I recommend taking any bus headed for Vilcabamba, and getting out at the high point Km 9 (ridge, Continental Divide) known as Cajanuma. There is a building with nature murals and signs. You can hike the dirt road 6 km to...More

Thank SoldelVenado
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Reviewed 17 August 2017

I've hiked Podocarpus a couple of times. From Loja you can take a cab (around $10) which will drop you off at the trailhead. You have to register at the front gate, bring ID or a passport. Entrance is free. If you opt to save...More

Thank Hurstonp
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Reviewed 8 August 2017

First thing: this place is a huge natural park with two entrances: one in Loja, the other in Zamora. I entered via Loja and my goal was not to make the long route that many describe in previous reviews. Not only takes a lot of...More

Thank SARAGUEV
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Reviewed 21 June 2017

This was a beautiful hike even though we caught quite a bit of rain and were surprised at the difficulty of some of the trails. Well worth visiting, not too far from center of Loja by bus or taxi.

Thank zuzanka1
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19 March 2018|
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Response from floridaleeman | Reviewed this property |
You accidentally sent to wrong person. I think you meant to write to "awesometravelers" -- best of luck!
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