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8-Day Culinary Adventure In Ecuador

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  • Visit Coffee Plantation including tasting and pairing with professional baristas
  • Indulge in the art of chocolate making
  • 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.
1 hours 4 Star Hotel
Arrive in Quito, Ecuador and self-transfer to your hotel in the city center (about 45 minutes drive).
4 hours 4 Star Hotel
10 am.Your local guide will meet you and take you to see the changing of the guard at the main square or Plaza Grande in the old town. We explore the colonial district and stroll leisurely in the streets around the square. At around 11:45, we will meet our chef at a local market to shop for the ingredients for our cooking class at Altamira 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 a gratifying lunch prepared by your own hands, you can choose to return to the hotel or stay in the old town to explore on your own.
8 hours Eco lodge
9:30 am. We begin driving about 40 minutes north of Quito to the town of San Antonio. Our first stop is K’antu, a small-scale chocolate factory and shop where you will learn about the process from cacao bean to chocolate bar.

We continue to the Inti Ñan Equator Museum to try some fun experiments on the equator line and learn about the different indigenous cultures of Ecuador. Then, we drive to the rim of Pululahua Crater and if conditions are clear, we enjoy a beautiful view of the caldera.

We stop at El Crater Restaurant where you can take photos and do a short hike along the rim before we indulge in a typical Ecuadorian lunch, featuring the famous “locro de papa” or potato soup.

After lunch, we drive to the small town of Calacalí, away from the tourist crowds, to explore the original Equator Monument, built in 1936, and moved to this location in 1979.

Finally, we drive northwest to Mindo (approx. 90 minutes) where we will spend the night in a restful cloud forest lodge. If time allows, you can walk around the lodge and enjoy the hummingbirds swim, sauna, or simply savor the sounds of nature.
7 hours 4 Star Hotel
10:00 am. We begin our visit to a coffee plantation in subtropical Nanegalito (10 km away) to learn all about high-altitude Ecuadorian coffee. Plus, enjoy coffee tasting and pairing with professional baristas. Finca Frajares is located at 5,500 feet and produces 4 different varieties of Arabica coffee. We walk around the plantations to see the different coffee plants, flowers, cherries, and then the harvest, cherry selection and complete bean process. The combination of geographical location, climate and good practices, produces a high-quality product that promotes the growth of specialty coffees in Ecuador. Moreover, the Isveglio barista school and café 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 drive back to Quito.
8 hours 4 Star Hotel
12 pm. Morning free to explore on your own, e.g. Chapel of Man, cable car, botanical garden. At noon, we depart to the old town to visit several churches or museums, cafés and shops, and a chance to sample other Ecuadorian delicacies such as quesadillas, empanadas, tortillas, ice cream and the best hot chocolate in Quito. We will walk along La Ronda Street to glimpse different workshops. Time permitting, we may drive up to the Panecillo Hill for a panoramic view of the city.

In the early evening (6 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 18th 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 snacking later.

*NOTE: A variety of morsels and tidbits will be offered for sampling while on the move instead of sit-down lunch and dinner.
3-4 hours 4 Star Hotel
10 am. We return to colonial Quito and find a place at San Francisco Square to witness the Easter procession, one of the most impressive religious events in South America. More than one thousand people participate in the procession and another couple thousand come to see it. Even if you are not religious or Catholic, this display of faith, social union and cultural expression is a pageant worth watching. After following the procession for a while, we will get lunch at strategic point to see the event from “above” while enjoying the traditional “fanesca”, a thick soup with 12 different grains that is prepared only during Easter. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure.
13 hours 4 Star Hotel
7 am. We begin driving (1.5-2 hours) to the region of Otavalo, the most famous indigenous town in Ecuador, where we explore the handicraft market, the fruit and vegetable markets, and artisan workshops. By special arrangement, we will spend time with an Andean healer as she explains the use of medicinal plants and rituals. We experience a traditional meal with an Andean delicacy, guinea pig (optional), and “chicha” corn beer.

On the way back, optional stop at Quitsato Equator Monument located in Cayambe 0°00'00, to learn about astronomy, history and archaeology in connection with the imaginary equator line.

End the day with a farewell dinner (8 pm) at a restaurant with a magnificent view of colonial Quito, and including the famous canelazo drink (hot cinnamon tea with “naranjilla” juice and a dash of sugar cane rum).
After breakfast you are free to explore the city on your own. The hotel will store your luggage until it is time to transfer to the airport. Please transfer at least 4 hours prior to scheduled departure to allow travel time to the airport.
what’s included
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Ground transportation beginning at hotel in Quito
  • English-speaking guide service
  • Entry fees
  • Meals: 7 breakfasts, 5 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
  • English-speaking guide service
  • Gratuities (at your discretion)
  • Travel Insurance
Tour details
Availability Every Mon
Duration 8 days
Tour Type Group Tour  
Minimum Participants 9 people
guiding method Live guide/instructor
guide language English
Starts/Ends quito, Ecuador/quito, Ecuador
  • 25 Mar 2018 from quito
  • 01 Apr 2018 in quito
  • 1 person booked
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Good to know Payment

A deposit of 10% 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

We advise to take out Travel Insurance to cover for any unforeseen circumstances. Bookmundi recommends World Nomads' travel insurance.

Other Practical Informations

Recommended 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. No refund applicable within 45 days of departure.
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