Cajas Gourmet Experience

Cajas National Park is the one of the highlights of any trip to southern Ecuador and is a paradise for both birdwatchers and hikers alike. Add to that delicious gourmet food prepared by your very own private professional chef and served within breathtaking scenery, and you’ve got a one-in-a-million tour.


Description

On this ultimate excursion you’ll be pampered with a luxury lunch amidst the incomparable beauty of Cajas National Park. After exploring the beauty of Cajas during a morning hike, we’ll take you to a comfortable dining tent complete with tables, chairs and elegant accessories. Relax and enjoy as your meal, featuring special local and fusion dishes, is prepared by a professional chef and served by a skilled waiter. After this memorable lunch you continue enjoying the natural wonders of Cajas National Park with a short afternoon hike in a different area of the park before returning to Cuenca completely satisfied.
 
We can modify this tour depending on the particular interests and fitness level of participants. Contact us if you have any particular requirements.
 

This tour includes

· A bilingual (English/Spanish) guide
· Private transportation
· Pickup and drop off from your hotel or private home
· Gourmet lunch
 

This tour does not include

· Travel insurance
· Tips
· Any other service not mentioned herein
 

Packing tips

The weather can be unpredictable in Cajas with glorious sunshine one minute and sudden mist or rain the next.
 
· Warm clothes
· Proper hiking boots
· Rain gear
· Sun protection
· Sun glasses

Highlights

Cajas National Park
Cajas National Park is located about 33 km west of Cuenca in Southern Ecuador. The park covers about 285 km2 at an altitude of between 3100m and 4450m above sea level. It is famous for its characteristic tundra vegetation covering hills and valleys. There are about 270 lakes and lagoons throughout the park. The name of the park comes from the Quichua word cassia which translates as gateway to the snowy mountains, though some link it to the Spanish word cajas meaning boxes due to the hundreds of lakes.
Polylepis trees
Also known as Quinoa or the paper tree, Polylepis trees grow above 3300 meters and shed their bark in thin layers to prevent growth of parasites.
Birds
With over 150 species identified so far, Cajas National Park is a birdwatchers paradise. If you are looking to do some bird watching there are plenty of hummingbirds, including the giant hummingbird. Other birds known to live in the park include the Andean Condor, Curiquinga, the violet-throated metaltail, the great-horned owl, the gray breasted mountain toucan, the powerful woodpecker, turquoise jay, Andean ruddy duck and the caranculated caracara.
Mammals
Cajas National Park is home to a wide range of animals including endemic and endangered species. Within Cajas National Park you might have the chance to see the American rabbit, the common South American fox, white-tailed deer, the domesticated lama and alpaca, different kinds of opossums, cats and bats, pumas, coatis, weasels, skunks, porcupines, shrews and the Cajas water mouse.

Rates

# passengers Price (per person)
2 UR
3 $155
4-5 $130
6-7 $105
8-9 $87
10-15 $83

 

Made-to-Measure Travel

This itinerary is designed to give you an idea of the available options for travel in Ecuador. But keep in mind:

  • We can tailor this trip to suit your needs, tastes, time frame and budget
  • Every aspect of the itinerary can be modified, from the accommodation to the activities