542.889 acres (219.707 ha)
- Date of
Creation: January 18, 1996
3.936 - 14.993 ft (1.200 - 4.571 m)
Llanganates are famous for their inaccessibility and the legend
that there lies hidden the treasure of the last Inca, Atahualpa.
Supposedly Rumiñahui, Atahualpa's general, hid from the
Spaniard conquistadores 750 tons of gold in the Llanganates, when
the Inca was murdered. Many treasure hunting expeditions
have tried their luck in the area since. However, now the
park is recognized for the biological treasure it holds, an enormous
variety of flora and fauna. This has been possible because Llanganates
is a small, irregular mountain range, part of the oriental Andes,
with many lakes and rivers, creating very different types of climate
in one area.