Quito Culinary Tour and Cooking Class - Reviews

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Tamara T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2018

An absolute must for anyone interested in a great tour guide, authentic cuisine and a better cultural understanding of the wonderful Ecuadorian peoples!

Todd M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2017

When was the last time you were invited into someone's home when you went on vacation to learn how to make a few local foods, enjoy some conversations, history and grasp a bit of local culture? I cannot say enough great things about this tour. From the moment we started the drive over to the open market we were given a history lesson for Quito and the surrounding Ecuador. At the market we saw fruits and veggies from floor to ceiling along with flowers so, so many flowers and the stalls for candies/chocolate along with fresh cooked foods.
The second stop was at an actual bakery - again in the middle of Quito. We saw the entire process and then sat down for Quito quesadillas they are not what you think they are, hot chocolate with mozzarella cheese again, it was an experience and I think my new way of drinking hot chocolate in the future.
We then proceeded to be invited into a lovely home in the middle of Quito to cook with a beautiful woman who could have easily been my grandmother. Her and her family cook for vendors all throughout the city and they were in full production when we arrived. The cooking portion was fun but the conversations, the actual tasting of the foods, and sitting down at their family table to eat - was unexpected and humbling to say the least.
Out of all the travels that my wife and I have experienced, this was by far the best excursion led by the absolute best guide. We cannot thank you enough.

corfu11

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

A great guide and a great trip!

Kevin W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

Lots of fun. Guide was great.

Jacqueline S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

i really enjoyed this tour. Guide Pablo was excellent, a wealth of local knowledge. It was far more than culinary and cooking. Pablo gave me an insight in Educadors history, past and present. Cooking lunch with a local lady in her own kitchen was very special.

Gracias Pablo, for a great day out.

Jacqueline S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

i really enjoyed this tour. Guide Pablo was excellent, a wealth of local knowledge. It was far more than culinary and cooking. Pablo gave me an insight in Educadors history, past and present. Cooking lunch with a local lady in her own kitchen was very special.

Gracias Pablo, for a great day out.

Tim H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2017

Fantastic experience. I highly recommend Santiago and this tour. Very personal experience just my wife and me. Learned a lot about Ecuador life and city history with a food slant that you'd never get in a larger group. Visiting bakery and then a local home to make some treats was so much fun.

Erin O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2017

This tour was exactly what I was hoping for! Jorge was very knowledgeable about not only the food, but also the customs around Ecuadorian meals. I was later traveling elsewhere in Ecuador, where I had to shop for myself , and this tour provided much needed information about fruits and vegetables that I was unfamiliar with so that I could shop with confidence. Thank you!

Catalin P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2017

Great tour, visited many local and hidden places. Visited a local family with great and friendly people! Totally recommend it. Be patient with time/traffic or things like that.

nikik7

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2017

Pablo was a wonderful guide and we learned so much about Quito and Ecuadorian history from him! It was a perfect way to learn about the city and it's food culture! We had a great time in the market and then cooking in a traditional Quito home - a once in a lifetime experience. Highly recommend this tour!

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.

elizabeth C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2015

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!!!!

Lori N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2014

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.

Bruce H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2014

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!

Linda M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2014

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!!!!!

dana n

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

an amazing day of history, culture, and great food. Highly recommend this tour

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