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Unlock the taste of Quito on this culinary and gourmet walking tour of the city. Sample rich tamales and freshly made pastries. Meet renowned chefs and artisan bakers who will highlight the secrets behind some of Equador’s most popular dishes. Learn about the historic architecture as you wander from place to place, before taking a class from one of Quito’s master chefs. This small-group experience is ideal for travelers who want to learn more about the culture, the city and the cuisine of Quito.

Highlights

  • Culinary tour in Quito including a Ecuadorian cooking class
  • Visit one of Quito's oldest bakeries and witness how they make some of Ecuador's traditional pastries
  • Take a cooking class with an expert chef and learn to cook some of Ecuador's traditional dishes such as tamales and empanadas

What You Can Expect

Quito Culinary Tour and Cooking Class

Quito Culinary Experience

Savor the culture and the cuisine of Quito on this Quito Culinary Tour and Cooking Class. Meet your guide, who will provide an all-access culinary pass to the city and head out to a market to see fresh fruits and vegetables. Then, visit one of the oldest bakeries in Quito and then learn how quesadillas are made before sampling the final product straight from the pan.

Next, navigate the back streets to southern Quito where you’ll get up close with iconic architecture on your way to a local Quito home for a chance to test your skills in the kitchen. Roll up your sleeves and learn how to make tamales and empanadas under the direction of an expert chef. Tuck into your culinary masterpieces with fellow travelers as you recount the day’s adventures and celebrate your Ecuadorian cooking victory.

Customer Reviews

Karen R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Extremely interesting behind the scenes experience that included a detailed market tour with explanations about the fruits and vegetables, native to Ecuador, and the opportunity to participate in the preparation of Ecuadorian sweet quesadillas, savory empanadas and a crispy dessert. The empanadas and dessert were prepared in a local home, then enjoyed in the host's dining room, along with an Ecuadorian tamale. Pablo, our tour guide, gave a detailed description of everything we saw and experienced. This is a semi-private tour, accommodating up to four participants. Come prepared to participate and enjoy the fruits of your labor!

Lisa G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Pablo was a fantastic guide talking not only about the food we were experiencing but also about how Ecuadorian history and recent events have shaped food production and distribution in the country. Tasty food, fascinating narrative - highly recommended.

Rachel B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We had a great time, Highly recommend!

peggianderson

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Jorge was a wonderful guide! The tour through the market was a delightful learning experience. Our host cooks were charming and made us feel very comfortable. It was memorable experience. We have already made some empanadas at home!

huppmeister

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

I had a fantastic time with Pablo and Graciellaa. The food we made was outstanding

Kathleen L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Excellent guide who was able to customize our interests. WE greatly appreciated his English language ability. We enjoyed the 'home' cooking experience, the bakery and the market. It was Terrific!!

Wendy P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

This was a great way to start my Ecuador vacation.

karen n

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

this was a great tour, our guide was fantastic,the market was very interesting, the bakery was good fun and the cooking lesson at the local ladies house was amazing, would highly recommend

Eva V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

I had a great time with Pablo on this tour! It was very informative and interesting! It was very nice to see how some of the traditional food of Quito is made! Graciella was super friendly and a very good host! She and her family made me feel part of their family! It was just me on the tour and I can recommend it to anyone, whether you are in a group or by yourself! This is really a tour of the beaten track! Experience Quito from a local's perspective!

Norman H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Jorge met us at the designated meeting place on time. On the journey to the market he provided information plus answered our many questions on Quito - economy, history, political climate, etc.
The market was extremely lively and interesting.
At the bakery we assisted with making some Ecuadorian quesadillas, then got to taste many delightful products along with hot chocolate.
At Graciella's we assisted with the making of empanada's and other items - all the time having our numerous questions answered plus learning about the Ecuadorian culture. Of course, we got to eat what we helped make plus more!
This tour was at the beginning of our stay in Ecuador and provided so much insight into local customs and cuisine. Highly recommended.

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