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!
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.
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!
I had a fantastic time with Pablo and Graciellaa. The food we made was outstanding
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!!
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
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!
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.
Our guide was amazing!!! We began at the Quito market and spent quite some time there exploring and understanding the products of Ecuador. We then went to a bakery where we helped make and then enjoy
the delicious products they are famous for. We then were invited to a wonderful home in Quito where we experienced the cuisine ie empanandas' of all types!! Delicious!! Would definitely recommend and do this tour again!!!!
The tour was everything I had hoped for. I was picked up at my hotel by Byron, who was very amiable and knowledgeable. We visited a pastry shop, a meringue shop and then had a fabulous tipico ecuadorian lunch at the home of Graciella. Got to assist in some parts of the preparation and mostly see behind the scenes food preparation Ecuador. Along the way, Byron shared the history of Quito (and Ecuador), various viewpoints, the main center, churches and museums. I learned alot about the country from him, past and future and real enjoyed being immersed with the locals. I speak a little spanish, so this was also an opportunity for me to brush up. A terrific tour and highly recommend.
The combination of knowledgeable tour guides, safe drivers, and informative chefs made this tour a success! First, we visited a traditional, family owned Ecuadorian bakery and made quesadillas. Seeing the inside of their production kitchen was fascinating. Next we stopped at a candy store to watch the third generation owner make his specialty, a unique Ecuadorian treat! Finally, we spent time in the home kitchen of an accomplished chef making empanadas de morocho and pristinos. Lunch at her home was the perfect end to this wonderful tour. The opportunity to work side by side with these wonderful chefs made sure that I got a special view of the food of the region. Thanks very much to everyone involved!
Did this tour with my wonderful guide, Eddy. Accolades to the tour company - every trip that I did with Eddy had the personalised touch!! While I did pay a little extra for tours that I booked after this one, it was absolutely worth every cent!! They do not penalise you for being a solo traveller and double the price!!! Thank you so much Eddy and the travel company because the experiences you provided for me will stay in my heart forever - a truly unique, individual experience for me!! I will always remember Machachi, a little town where we had brunch on the way to Mindo Cloud Forest! How awesome is it to be the only tourist there!! Met two very special girls - great conversation with them both, Eddy as the interpreter. What a spectacular day! To arrive at Mindo early and be the only ones there - got to see toucans, hummingbirds, butterflies and actually hear the sounds of the forest! Thanks once again Eddy - Cotapaxi was also just as invigorating experience!!!! If I return someday - hopefully to visit Galápagos - definitely will be booking with the tour company!!!!!
an amazing day of history, culture, and great food. Highly recommend this tour
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.
My guide was knowledgeable and interesting. The places we visited and the food was local and tasty. I got a lot of historical and current information about Quito as well. It was 4 hours well spent!
It was a great trip. Our guide was informative and introduced us to many new foods.
Mrs Cameron United Kingdom
Was nice to get around Quito and see a market and a coffee shop and a sweet makers shop. We didn't really eat anything until we stopped at a Coffee shop about 1.5 hours into the trip (I'd have liked something in the market to try but the guide said it was best not to). The cookery class was great, very personal and the Doña was very gracious letting us come into our home. I'd give it 4.5 stars. It also would've been nice to have others in the tour but it was just my husband and I with the guide.
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!
This is the first tour I've been disappointed in. No sweet shop and no real cooking class because everything was already made and just had to be put together. We folded dough. We didn't walk around but were driven down back streets from place to place.
I enjoy the tour, it was a nice way to spend my last day in Ecuador, the guide was good even giving us some Ecuadorian history whilst we drank our hot chocolate, and we tried some nice food I am not a big fan of South American food so this was a nice surprise. However, I was disappointed. The cooking aspect of the tour is way over exaggerated...we got to fold a couple of bits of pastry, we did not buy the ingredients for the cooking class in the market beforehand, I thought we would try more foods, and it only lasted 4 1/2 hours. It is way over priced for what it is.
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