Hiking Laguna Toreadora in Cajas National Park, Ecuador

We filled up our 4x4 at the gas station, bought a few bags of plantain chips, and headed for the mountains. I drove through Parque Nacional el Cajas on the way from Guayaquil to Cuenca but I knew none of those stunning views would compare to actually having my feet on the ground. We started with the most popular trek in the area, the loop around Laguna Toreadora. For what seemed to be such a small lake, the views were grandiose. It was an epic hike, but laid-back enough to take our time and snap the perfect photos to capture just how incredible this region of Ecuador was.

Photos of me taken by Melvin Tracam.