Taste of Ecuador: Slow Food Experience

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5 Nights
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"Comida typica" in Quito and Otavalo

Experience the typical foods (comida typica) and culture of Ecuador in 5 nights! In Quito and Otavalo, enjoy cooking classes, market visits, chocolate tastings and more! 

What's Included
  • Round-trip economy class airfare to Quito (UIO)
  • All airport and inter-city transfers
  • 3 nights in Quito at the Hotel Casa Aliso, or similar
  • Quito City Tour
  • Visit to La Ronda with chocolate tasting
  • Market visit and cooking class, with lunch
  • Visit to the Equatorial Line Monument ("Middle of the World")
  • 1 night in Otavalo at the Las Palmeras Inn, or similar
  • Visit to the Mishky Huarmy slow food organization, with lunch
  • Visit to the Otavalo Indian handcrafts market
  • 1 night in Quito at the Hotel Casa Aliso, or similar
  • Lunch and cooking classes at Kawsaymi food experience
  • Dinner in a local Quito restaurant
  • Breakfast daily

Great Ways to Explore
  • Begin and end your trip in the capital of Quito, a city high in the Andes with incredible culture and food.

  • Head to one of Quito's oldest streets, Calle La Ronda, and explore this historic area. Later, enjoy a chocolate tasting!
  • Experience traditional Ecuadorian culture of the Andes in Otavalo and visit its famous handcrafts market.

  • Visit the home of a Kichwa family and enjoy a hands-on cooking class where you'll learn the secrets of Andean cuisine.

  • End a delicious vacation in Ecuador with dinner at a local restaurant in Quito.

Package Overview

Take it slow on this 5-night culinary journey in Ecuador. Slow Food is a global organization helping to prevent the disappearance of local food cultures and traditions, and the grassroots movement reached Ecuador in 2007.

Ever since, Ecuadorians try to protect their unique culinary heritage and preserve the environment according to the three basics of the Slow Food concept: good, clean and fair. Today, many Slow Food association members in Ecuador export their homegrown goods to the USA and Europe.

Begin and end in the capital of Quito. In the high-altitude Andean city, experience centuries-old history from the Incas to the Spanish colonial rule. Take photos in San Francisco Square, taste some of the best chocolate in the world and visit a market where you'll pick up ingredients for a cooking class.

In Otavalo, located about 56 miles north of Quito, you'll experience this unique town that holds one of the most famous markets in Latin America. Dating back to pre-Incan times, Otavalo market is a vibrant daily affair where you can pick up fragrant spices, woven textiles and even a live goat or two! 

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