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The three crosses of Cajas

These three crosses are posted at the entrance of Cajas National Park located about 20 miles west of Cuenca. At an elevation of 13, 123 feet, the vegetation is primarily páramo (high altitude grasslands) and the trees and ground are covered with mosses, lichens, and other fungi. Historically, Cajas was used as a travel road crossing from the Sierra region to the Amazon. Many would die on this arduous trip through the harsh climates in the Paramo and Cajas. These crosses honor those who have died passing though.

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Taken on March 9, 2011