Otavalo Flavours and Colours of the Andes, (Daily from Quito, including lunch and cooking lessons)
Otavalo, Flavours and Colours of the Andes, (Daily from Quito, including lunch and cooking lessons)
Metropolitan Touring has developed a full-day hands-on experience of the northern Andes, a verdant land of rolling hills, towering volcanoes, strong cultural identity and skilful craftspeople. with the added twist of an encounter with the colours and flavours of Ecuadorian cuisine
Day by day itinerary
This excursion goes north, to the land of the Otavalos and South America’s most famous Indian market along the Pan-American Highway through dramatic mountain scenery to Otavalo.
The first stop is along the way to Cayambe, a city surrounded by fields where dairy cattle abound. Here, there’s a short visit to a traditional bakery for bizcochos, like a long buttery biscuit that literally melts in your mouth! Eat it as the locals do, warm, right out of the oven, with dulce de leche (boiled milk and sugar until it becomes toffee-like) and locally made string cheese.
Then proceed north to Otavalo, where guests will be introduced to local cuisine at the market -this is where all the Otavalos make a stop to eat when they come with their wares to the market (sorry, no tasting here), but enjoy the aromas of home-made foods and the dozens of varied spices.
And yes! Finally lunch, at a historic hacienda. Guests will prepare their own grilled trout, empanadas (turnovers) and the famous helados de paila for desert (ice cream made in the traditional way by hand with pure fruit juice).
Before returning to Quito a short ride and visit will then lead to a wonderful flower plantation, where guests can marvel with the famous Ecuadorian roses at a traditional hacienda, this old colonial hacienda warehouse was turned into a show room where visitors will be delighted with the most extravagant of colours of the different varieties produced in the Middle of the World.
Dress in layers (T-shirt, blouse, sweater, coat). Take a sweater even if the day is warm and sunny and rain protection from February to May. This tour includes walking at an altitude from 2560 to 2800 meters (8500 feet). Sun protection (SPF 40). Good walking shoes. Great Photo ops.
What’s special about this journey?
- You get to cook! It’s an interactive experience with your own professional chef who will show you how and let you get your hands on!
- You learn about traditional, Ecuadorian cooking and its ingredients.
- A special setting, in the hacienda’s grounds, will be prepared for guests for the cooking session.
- Enjoy an ice cream like you’ve never tasted before!
- You will have lunch in a 17th-century Andean estate.
- You will visit the food market in Otavalo to learn more about our culinary traditions and food products (a short visit to the regular market is also possible)
- You will visit the most famous Ecuadorian Andean region and cultural centre, Otavalo.
- Complement your visit to the region by getting access to one of the most exclusive show rooms for a close up of the finest Ecuadorian roses.
- Meet the people, live the experience, taste the flavours
- Enjoy a fun day of scenery, and intense colours, a short distance from Quito.