During my one-month language program in Cuenca, we visited Cajas National Park on a chilly, rainy day. We started at a high point, walking up some stairs to an elevation of 4,100+ meters. We descended into cold and mist, finding it difficult to see clearly the landscapes around us. Our program organized for us to go with a guide, so we didn’t have to worry about navigating the park on our own. Down in the park and a little closer to sea level, we lunched on the porch of an unused building, watching the lake before us and listening to the silence of our surroundings. This land of many lakes supplies Cuenca with most of its water, and two of the four rivers flowing through the town originate from Cajas. We walked past some of these lakes and through an open space of tall grass and mud, our guide leading us through safer pathways and around a Prohibido el Paso sign. The views, amazing.