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7 Day Local Food Tour in Ecuador

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 7 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 99 people
Destination(s): Ecuador  
Specialty Categories: Food & Wine   Cultural Journey  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 2313 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 3326 US Dollar (USD)

Allow Ecuador’s immense flavors dance across your pallet while exploring The Flavors of the Andes! When traveling abroad, there is nothing better than savoring the local dishes and ingredients and tasting something that you have never experienced before. While relishing the traditional gastronomy of Ecuador, you will learn about the country’s delicious history and partake in some of the region’s most unique cultural experiences. With the country’s cultural and physical diversity, you will be in a state of awe with the many assortments of exotic fruits that you never even knew existed, local vegetables including a wide array of potatoes and proteins of many varieties. Consume delightful foods such as “Locro de Papa”, a classic Ecuadorian soup, and sink your teeth into the Andes’ local specialty of Cuy, a morsel that won’t be forgotten! The Flavors of the Andes tour of Ecuador is a foodie’s dream that one must experience to be truly submersed in Andean culture. Take a bite out of life and learn about all the different species of fruits and vegetables that are grown in the country and why the food is so varied.

Itinerary:
Day 1: Welcome to Quito.
Upon arrival, be met by a private guide at the airport, and transfer to the selected hotel in Quito to spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 2: Gastronomic tour of Quito.
After breakfast, be met at the hotel and transfer to one of the most traditional markets in the city of Quito; Yampu travelers will have the opportunity to learn about all the different species of fruits and vegetables that are grown in the country and why the food is so varied. After this, proceed to the old city and arrive in "Calle la Ronda", known for its rich history, visitors will encounter an amazing experience at the different Gastronomical stations. The first station will be the Gastronomic capsule; here, enjoy an explanation among of the different species and plants that are utilized by Ecuadorians for cooking. There is an optional opportunity to mix different species and create an infusion. Next, travelers will have the chance to be delighted with Ecuadorian chocolate while listening to an explanation over the finest cacao grain in the world, the Ecuadorian Cacao. Check out the traditional "Helados de Paila", made using glacier ice, prepared in a Paila (copper pan) with typical flavors or tropical fruits only found in Ecuador. Later, walk into the independence square and be amazed by the surrounding architecture. Take in the imposing churches with a mixture of gothic and baroque art from the ages of the colonialism in the city. Proceed to try out the traditional "Rosero Quiteno" a traditional beverage, then try out the "Empanadas de Morocho" and in the afternoon, take some time to relax and enjoy Quito.

Day 3: Cayambe - Otavalo Market - Atuntaki- Quito.
Early in the morning, on the way north to Imbabura province, the province of lakes, make a quick stop in Cayambe where visitors will try out the traditional "Bizcochos and Queso de Hoja". Bizcochos made from a mix of wheat flour flower, vegetable shortening, butter, yeast, salt, and water indeed is the gastronomical face of Cayambe. Continue to Otavalo and visit the famous Indian Market to find traditional crafts and textiles that are handmade here. Continue on to Atuntaki, experience the gastronomic highlight of the day- traditional fried pork. In the afternoon, return to Quito for the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 4: Cotopaxi National Park- Limpiopungo Lake - San Agustin del Callo- Riobamba.
After breakfast, head South along the Pan-American Highway until reaching Cotopaxi National Park. Drive on a third-class road through a pine forest to Limpiopungo Lake, situated 3,800 meters above sea level, along the slopes of the magnificent Cotopaxi volcano. For Lunch, continue to hacienda San Agustin del Callo to enjoy a delicious "Locro de Papa", a classic Ecuadorian potato and cheese soup. Soups are very popular in Ecuador and usually served with most meals. They are one of the best tasting dishes you can find. Continue to Riobamba for accommodation.

Day 5: Alausi - Devil's Nose - Azogues - Cuenca.
Very early in the morning, after breakfast, head out to Alausi for the famous train ride at the well-known Devil's Nose. Due to the land topography, this train portion is a masterpiece of railway engineering, commonly named "the most difficult railway in the world". The descent is not an ordinary one; start the ride at an altitude of 2,346 meters and descend to 1,860 meters in just 30 minutes in a zigzag-carved railway. Continue your trip to Azogues to try out the typical "Cascaritas" this is a well-known place where national and international tourists come to relish in this culinary delight. Continue to Cuenca for overnight in selected hotel.

Day 6: Cuenca - Guayaquil.
After breakfast, enjoy a city tour of the magnificent Cuenca, declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage of Mankind site. After the city tour, experience one of the well-known restaurants in Cuenca serving the famous "Cuy" a local delight, and one of the most popular dishes in the Ecuadorian Gastronomy. Named after the sound it makes, cuy, or guinea pig, is a dish that many in other countries would take in as a pet, but is considered a delicacy in many South American countries. After this, transfer to Guayaquil for accommodation at the selected hotel.

Day 7:Guayaquil - Guayaquil Airport.
Early in the morning, head to one of the local restaurants of the city where you will be able to enjoy a typical breakfast from this area of the country. Savor a tasty Bolon which is a typical Ecuadorian breakfast served with coffee. The bolon verde consists of plantain verde and mozzarella, which is easily prepared and equally delicious. After this, enjoy a panoramic city tour of Guayaquil to visit the highlights of the city such as Malecon 2000 and the traditional "Las Penas" neighborhood. After this, transfer to the airport.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
-domestic and regional flights within the itinerary;
-all hotel accommodations including daily continental or buffet breakfast -daily city tax
-all transfers between airports and hotels with assistance and baggage handling
-guided tours in English including entrance fees.

Price Excludes:
-International airfare
-soft drinks and alcoholic beverages with meals
-room service
-visa fees/services and other personal items or services not mentioned

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