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Boutique Tour - Ecuador - Slow Food Experience

(13 Days)

Quito | Otavalo | Mindo | Baños | Riobamba | Cuenca | Guayaquil

Day Routing
01 Quito

Arrival in Quito. In addition to its gorgeous landscapes, Quito is known for its treasures of Colonial churches and monasteries. Welcome at the airport and transfer to the hotel.

02 Quito

Enjoy a sightseeing tour through the old part of the city and visit the church of La Compañia, with the most ornate and richly sculptured façade and interior and the church San Francisco. Continue to the Equatorial Line Monument and visit the museum "Inti Ñan" to learn about the customs of the ancient cultures of Ecuador and the way of life of the indigenous in their traditional straw huts.

03 Quito

Experience the flavours of Ecuador during a market visit and cooking course. Get an insight into the typical Ecuadorian cuisine by Slow Food principals.

04 Quito - Mindo

Drive westerly from Quito to the small subtropical town Mindo. While visiting a butterfly farm, you can see the colorful diversity of Ecuadorian butterflies and can also observe different kinds of hummingbirds and discover subtropical flowers. The following chocolate tour makes you familiar with the product and production of chocolate and of course a tasting. Overnight at a hostería.

05 Mindo

Enjoy the drive with a cable car over a gorge in the middle of the Ecuadorian cloud forest, before you take a short walk to reach the first waterfall. Enjoy the peace surrounded by the flora and fauna of this region. Continue to visit a coffee plantation and learn the whole process from the cultivation to the production of this popular beverage.

06 Mindo - Otavalo

Drive to the well known spot Otavalo. On the way you stop to meet the slow food organization “Mishky Huarmy”. You will get an introduction to the nutrition and the origin of the elements and will of course try the Chaguarmishky. This drink is extracted from the agave and has always been used as a dietary supplement as it is rich in iron, phosphorus and calcium. Enjoy a cultural lunch. Continue to visit the famous handicraft market with its central square “Plaza de los Ponchos”. Overnight at a hacienda.

07 Otavalo

Today you will visit a Kichwa family, where you will cook typical Andean meals made with natural products coming from the Kichwa speaking region around Otavalo. This includes a main course, side dishes, dessert and drinks in an open kitchen that shares a mix of the ancestral and the modern. Afterwards you will visit Laguna Cuicocha, which is a crater lake on an altitude of 3000m above sea-level.  

08 Otavalo - Cotopaxi

Go southwards along the “Avenue of the volcanoes” and visit the Cotopaxi National park. Walk along the shallow lake “Laguna de Limpiopungo” in an altitude of 4.000m. Overnight at a hosteria.

09 Cotopaxi - Riobamba

Visit the emerald green crater lagoon of Quilotoa. From the rim of the crater, several snow-capped volcanoes can be seen in the distance, a striking panorama. Continue along the “Avenue of the volcanoes” to Riobamba. Overnight at a hostería.

10 Riobamba - Cuenca

Towards Cuenca you will visit the Quinoa farmers of San Martin and a micro-enterprise, a family farm in a community, which produces products from the Andes like physalis, blueberry, chilli and aromatic herbs. Get in touch with the association of apiculturists and visit the botanical garden in Turuco, where different types of Andean cultivations like quinoa and medical plants grown. Overnight at a hotel.

11 Cuenca

Explore the cobblestone streets, handsome plazas and churches of Cuenca, declared “Cultural Patrimony of Mankind” in 1999 due to the special atmosphere and early 19th century architecture. Finally you will visit a panama hat factory.

12 Cuenca - Guayaquil

Transfer to Guayaquil. 2,5 hour city-tour through Ecuador’s largest city, you will get to know the most interesting parts of the tropical and busy pacific-metropolis. Overnight at a hotel.

13 Guayaquil

Transfer to the airport for homebound flight.