GASTRONOMIC ANDES TOUR

Ecuador is becoming one of the most important gastronomic destinations in South America just behind Peru, Ecuadorian dishes are  a culinary fusion developed over a long process of cultural exchange between the Spanish and some other cultures.

We invite you to explore this amazing culinary culture Ecuador has to offer and taste the most exquisite dishes from the best Ecuadorian chefs.

ITINERARY

DAY 1DAY 2DAY 3DAY 4DAY 5DAY 6
Quito Transfer InQuito experience with localsQuito – OtavaloOtavalo – QuitoQuito – Cotopaxi National ParkReturn to Quito

CURRENCY

The currency of Ecuador is the United States dollar, accepted as the national currency of Ecuador in January 2000. The money that is circulated includes notes and coins.

WEATHER CONDITIONS

Ecuador’s climate varies with its regions. This area has an altitude of about 7550 ft (2300 m) above sea level and because of this, the temperature is comfortable, and does not get too hot.

VISA REQUIREMENTS

All tourists need a valid passport and an entry form-tourist card which is provided by your air carrier. Citizens of Canada, UK and USA do not need to obtain a visa for stays up to 90 days.

Day 1 – Transfer In

As soon as you arrive at Quito’s Mariscal Sucre Airport, our guide will meet you, he or she will assist with the private transfer to your hotel and help you in anything you may need at airport or hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel Patio Andaluz, La Casona de La Ronda or similar including breakfast

Day 2 – Quito experience with locals

This will be a great experience at this enchanting city that will take you on a walking tour through the cultural streets of the old Quito. We can participate in Quitenian culinary traditions, history and local life. We will explore the streets of the historic district and participate in the daily activities the artisans are doing, there are many options we can enjoy: chocolate factories, sweet shops, handicrafts, wood carving, making hats.   We will find some activities that they used to do in the past and we will also share with them what they are doing in the present.

We will start our tour at a traditional Quitenian handmade sweets shop, we will learn the process of making the traditional sweets in Quito and will enjoy some of them. They are prepared in an artisanal way and have the ability to take a trip through old times. We will then go to the neogothic Basilica del Voto Nacional, inspired in the Notre Dame Cathedral.  We will go up to the highest tower with an amazing view of the modern and old city.

The next experience is the visit to the legendary La Ronda street where we will find an ice cream shop with an innovative proposal, its delicious ice creams with flavors inspired by the popular Ecuadorian gastronomy and then, we will have the opportunity to interact with a hatter and all his stories and legends.

We will continue walking by the street of the seven crosses to enjoy old colonial facades and churches like La Cathedral, La Compañía and San Francisco as well as the main square with the main buildings.

Day 3 – Quito – Otavalo

Leaving Quito after breakfast with your guide, heading to Otavalo, famous for its artisan market, full of vibrant colors, where you will find typical handcrafts and souvenirs. On route we will pass by Guayllabamba town where you can try its typical fruit the cherimoya and in Cayambe to enjoy their special biscuits with coffee or hot chocolate.

Then, we can admire the beautiful landscape and snow-capped mountains in the area.  When getting to Otavalo, one of the most famous markets in Latin America, we will visit the Plaza de los Ponchos to find all kinds of handcrafts, our guide will give you some free time to enjoy bargaining and buying souvenirs to the nice Otavaleños.

We continue to Hacienda Zuleta to have lunch and visit the cheese small factory and learn how Zuleta’s semi-aged, handmade cheeses are produced. This will be a real experience that begins from the farm’s fresh milk to the process at the small factory near the guesthouse. You will know how this production has changed throughout history and you will try some of the best cheeses in the Ecuadorian Andean Region.

Accommodation: Hacienda Zuleta including all meals

Day 4 – Otavalo – Quito

You have a free morning to enjoy the hacienda where there is also a group of native girls who embroidery by hand and if you will want, you can participate in their works.  Our guide will meet you at 11:30 to visit Cotachachi, a small town well known for its leather products and you can also try their food specialty “carnes coloradas” (meat with their special colour and spices).

Return to Quito in the late afternoon and your guide will take you to the Octava de Corpus restaurant to enjoy a nice gourmet experience and their great wine cellar.

Accommodation: Hotel Patio Andaluz or similar including breakfast

Day 5 – Quito – Cotopaxi

Early depart towards the Cotopaxi National Park and admire the Cotopaxi Volcano, one of the most important landmarks in Ecuador because it is the highest active volcano in the world. You will observe the endemic flora and fauna of the area and find Chuquiraguas (also known as the mountaineer’s flower).  There are some chances to find wild horses, llamas, deer and more. There are amazing views to admire at the National Park and we will also enjoy the Limpiopungo Lake, located near Rumiñahui volcano (4757 meters), or go hiking to observe birds.

In the afternoon we will participate in a great gourmet experience that Cotopaxipungo will prepare for us, they have organic products cooked by one of the best chefs we have in Ecuador, who will give you some tips to cook at home.

Accommodation: Hotel Patio Andaluz or similar including breakfast

Day 6 – Return to Quito

Return to Quito for your next tour or to flight home.

  • Includes:
    • Privates transfers and tours with English speaking driver guide
    • Meals detailed in the itinerary
    • Breakfasts are included at all hotels
    • Entrance fees
  • Not Include:
    • International flights and airport taxes
    • Additional meals and drinks (soft & alcoholics)
    • Tips, personal expenses
    • Travel and medical insurance
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