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7-Day Culinary Adventure In Ecuador

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  • Visit Coffee Plantation including tasting and pairing with professional baristas
  • Relax in a cloud forest lodge in Mindo
  • Explore the Otavalo highlands including a meeting with an indigenous Andean healer
Prepare yourself for a gastronomic adventure in the Equatorial Andes Mountains!

Experience hands-on cooking classes, tastings and dining in noteworthy restaurants. Indulge in the art of making chocolate and meet indigenous masters of healing arts.

Coffee lovers will especially appreciate sampling the best earthy homegrown coffee ever. Learn about the unique characteristics of energy on the Earth's equator. How is it possible to stand a raw egg on end?

Escape from the city to a quiet cloud forest lodge and take a trip to visit the famous Otavalo market. We uncover the hidden gems of Ecuador from our base in Quito.

Vegetarians welcome. Suitable for age 15 and over. See the detailed itinerary for more information.

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5.0 - Excellent Based on 15 reviews
Richard's review for another Adios Adventure Travel tour
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Gregory's review for another Adios Adventure Travel tour
5 - Excellent
“We added city tour in Lima before flying to Cusco. In Cusco we met our guide who cared about us for 6 days.
Ancient ruins, snowy mountain peaks, local women in traditional clothes and tall hats - everything was amazing. All hotels bear local flavor. The food has been excellent, the sights amazing, the people lovely. One recommendation: learn at least some Spanish - it would be very helpful.”
Mariah's review for another Adios Adventure Travel tour
5 - Excellent
“This was the best trip I’ve taken by far! The sights were phenomenal and being surrounded by their culture really made an impact. 10/10 would go again.”
1 hours 3 Star Hotel
Arrive in Quito, Ecuador and self-transfer to your hotel in the city center (about 45 minutes drive).
6 hours 3 Star Hotel
Pick-up 10 am. The tour begins in historical colonial Quito, in the main square where the Presidential Palace, the main Cathedral, and some other important buildings are located. You will see the “changing of the guard” which takes place every Monday at the Main Square or Plaza Grande. Continue to Plaza Santo Domingo and walk through “La Ronda”, one of the oldest streets in town, with colonial homes and shops of the early 1600s. Your walk continues to the City Museum and San Francisco Plaza, with stops to try some *Ecuadorian delicacies such as quesadillas, empanadas, tortillas, ice cream and the best hot chocolate in Quito. San Francisco is the oldest church in Quito, packed with history, legends and wonderful photo opportunities.

We then visit La Merced Church with arabesque and baroque style interiors. La Compañía de Jesús church is one of the most beautiful temples in South America or perhaps the world. Finally, it’s up Panecillo Hill for a bird’s eye view of the city. In the late afternoon (5 pm), we have our cooking class highlighting a typical Ecuadorian snack: “tortillas de tiesto” or corn tortillas served with chili sauce and gourmet coffee (participants make all of these delights from scratch). The “tiesto” or clay pan was widely use in Quito during the 18 th century and it is still kept today in the very traditional families. This will be a trip to the culinary past of the city. If are you too full to eat, just pack the tortillas and take them with you for a late evening snack.

*NOTE: A variety of morsels and tidbits will be offered for sampling while on the move, instead of sit-down lunch and dinner.
8 hours 3 Star Hotel
Pick-up 7:30 am. Departure from Quito to the northern Andes region through the town of Guayllabamba to savor its typical chirimoya or custard apple fruit, unlike anything you may have tried before. At Guachalá, you will cross the equator into the Northern Hemisphere, with Mt Cayambe in the distance, the only snowcapped mountain in the world that straddles latitude zero at almost 20,000 feet (6,000 meters) above sea level.

The nearby Quitsato Equatorial Marker is an experience not to be missed, where guests can straddle latitude zero “all to themselves”, away from any tourist crowds. Moreover, here you will learn about the “correct” way to view Planet Earth and the constellations, with the Big Dipper and Southern Cross visibly opposite one another at the same time. Additionally, some interactive experiments will prove you are indeed “in the middle”.

At the town of Cayambe, savor Ecuadorian bizcochos – oven-baked biscuits served with cheese and/or brown sugar spread. Eventually, we reach Otavalo, known as “The Awakening Valley”, passing by beautiful San Pablo Lake and Mt Imbabura. In 1495, the Otavalo region was conquered by the Inca Empire and in turn occupied by the Spanish Crown in 1535. Today, this is a most prosperous community of skilled textile weavers, who gather to sell their products at an open-air market as they have done for centuries, not only for business, but also for socializing at this colorful gathering place. Elegantly dressed, the women do all the negotiating, where you get more than what you bargained for, as the most exquisite woven works of art will be hard to pass up. And the setting is spectacular, crowned by Andean landscapes of outstanding beauty: mountains, lakes and cascades, as integral elements of their lifestyle and beliefs. But that is not all.

In addition, by special arrangement, you will be able to witness a healing ceremony at a private indigenous home that will be a never-to- be-forgotten experience. A typical tasty lunch will be included to add to your immersion into the best of the Ecuadorian highlands.
8 hours 3 Star Hotel
Pick-up 10:30 am. We will meet our chef at a local market to shop for the ingredients that we will use in our cooking class. The class will be held at a local restaurant, just a block from the Basilica Church
(2-3 hours including lunch).

Suggested menu *vegetarian options available
Starter: Shrimp ceviche served with popcorn, roasted corn nuts and plantain chips.
Main course: Grilled chicken with llapingachos (potato patties stuffed with cottage cheese) and fresh salad.
Dessert: Espumilla (fruit merengue).

After we eat the delicious lunch that we have prepared ourselves, you have the afternoon free to explore on your own, e.g. Chapel of Man, cable car, Botanical Garden. At 7 pm, we depart the hotel to the Demetrio Aguilera Theater to see a dance show. The Jacchigua National Folkloric Ballet is a colorful performance comprised of over 80 dancers, musicians and stage support that highlight the culture and traditions of Ecuador. This 2-hour presentation features 6,160 pounds (2,800 kilograms) of costumes and ethnic elements in various regional dances from around the country. Under the direction of choreographer and founder Rafael Camino, some of the most popular dances are: Saraguro, Deer Hunt, Corpus Christi, and Andean Sensitivity.

Jacchigua means fiesta, and recalls the times when the hacienda owner would throw a big party for farmhands after a good harvest. Similarly, the dance group offers quite a visual feast for the audience with their lively performance. Jacchigua has participated in many national and international dance festivals and events, including the 2006 World Cup in Germany and the 2008 Ecuadorian Cultural Festival in Kópavogur, Iceland. In addition, it was declared a Living Cultural Heritage by the Municipality of Quito and the Ministry of Culture in 2009 due to its remarkable cultural contribution over the past three decades.
8 hours Eco lodge
Pick-up 8 am. We drive north of Quito for about 40 minutes towards the town of San Antonio. Our first stop is the Pululahua Crater, the second largest inhabited crater in the world, for a beautiful view of its caldera. Then, drive to Calacalí to see the original Equator Monument, isolated from the
tourists, built in 1936, and moved to this location in 1979.

We continue northwest to a cacao farm in Puerto Quito and arrive in time for lunch. Here, we will visit their small-scale chocolate factory to learn about the whole process from bean to bar, including a walk around the cacao plantations and a chocolate tasting. Also, you can see other tropical fruits and taste different marmalades. Finally, we backtrack to the outskirts of Mindo to checkin to our cloud forest lodge for the night.
3-4 hours 3 Star Hotel
Depart 10:00 am. Today, we will visit a coffee plantation in subtropical Nanegalito (10 km away) to learn all about high-altitude Ecuadorian coffee, plus coffee tasting and pairing with professional baristas. The farm is located at 5,500 feet and produces four different varieties of Arabica coffee. You will walk around the plantations to see the different coffee plants, flowers, cherries, and then the harvest, cherry selection, bean process and all. The geographical location, climate and good practices combined make of this coffee a high quality product that promotes the growth of the specialty coffee in Ecuador.

One of Quito’s best barista schools and cafés has partnered up with this farm to bring you a unique cup experience. They will guide you during the coffee tasting and pairing with fruits and chocolate. Afternoon back to Quito. End the day with a farewell dinner (8 pm) at a restaurant with a magnificent view of colonial Quito, including the famous canelazo drink (hot cinnamon tea with “naranjilla” juice and a dash of sugar cane rum).
1 hours
Transfer to the airport at least 4 hours prior to your scheduled departure for your flight home.
what’s included
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Ground transportation beginning at hotel in Quito
  • English-speaking guide service
  • Entry fees
  • Meals: 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners & 1 informal roaming snack lunch
  • Ingredients for cooking classes
Optional Addons (Available during check-out)
  • Single room supplement
what's excluded
  • Flights
  • Airport transfers (flat rate taxis are available at the airport for about $25-$30 USD 1 way to Quito city center)
  • Some meals as noted in the itinerary
  • Gratuities (at your discretion)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Bottled drinking water
Tour details
Availability Available Daily
Duration 7 days
Tour Type Private Tour
Minimum Participants 2 people
Age Requirement 5 +
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Starts/Ends Quito, Ecuador/ Quito, Ecuador
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Payment

A deposit of 20% is required when booking this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 45 days prior departure. For any bookings within 45 days of departure, the full tour amount will be charged upon booking.

Travel Insurance

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Other Practical InformationRecommended for age 15 and up. Up to age 20 must be accompanied by adult over age 35. Altitude in Quito is 9350 ft/ 2850 m. Quito airport has flat rate taxis to city center. About $25-$30 one way. Ecuadorian currency is USD. Ecuador now requires all visitors to provide proof of travel insurance upon arrival. If anyone shows up and does not have it, they will be required to purchase a plan at the airport. Single room can be arranged on request for additional cost of $210 USD pp
CancellationFree cancellation up to 45 days prior departure, but the 20% deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applicable within 45 days of departure.
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