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I REALLY enjoyed this tour and "class". Was lucky enough to be here both during the quieter "shoulder" season for tourists, and a few days before the Day of the Dead celebration. This meant that I was the only person on the tour and that I saw the bakers/cooks during special celebration preparations. Byron was friendly and easy to talk with and it was fun to see the "behind-the-scenes" of a very busy bakery and home catering business. What surprised me most was the amount of time we spent touring the beautiful historic district of Quito. Took a "city tour" the next day with a different tour group and it repeated quite a a number of stops. But Quito is so amazing, I was glad to have the leisure to enjoy it more completely. The third generation candy maker was maybe my favorite culinary stop. (My unplanned detour into a jewelry store was totally cool, too.) The food was fun and tasty and I think this cultural experience was well worth the time and money.
I love taking food tours when I travel, so I was delighted to find out about this adventure. The biggest problem was that even after I paid, the meeting location was not listed on the voucher and I spent endless hours my first day in Quito trying to confirm the tour. No one answered the number listed on the voucher, and my hotel also called numerous times. There was no voice mail to take a message. This was quite aggravating and I wondered whether the tour was "real." I had to call Viatour in the US and send various e-mails to whomever I could reach and FINALLY had the information very early the next morning. Once that problem was solved, I had a wonderful tour experience, although one of the destinations listed on the itinerary was not available because the food purveyor was at a trade show and my guide didn't have contact information for him. Nonetheless, I thoroughly enjoyed the visit to the quesdailla bakery and our behind-the-scenes look at how it worked; the walk in "Old Town" to meet Luis, who makes a marvelous confection of roasted peanuts in a sweet wrapping; a visit to a 60-year-old shop selling fine, freshly-roasted coffee beans, another shop sellonig a wide variety of nuts and other snacks; and a finishing touch at the home of a woman whose extended family makes delicious empanadas and tamales; I got to help out just a bit and then tasted some delicious food. That last experience was lots of fun and the recipe was dictated to me in great detail. My guide was friendly and helpful!