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Gastronomy through the Galapagos

Ecuador, Galapagos

12 Day Itinerary

Best Time
May
Perfect for
Photographers, Foodies, Slow Travel
Guide Price

£15,600pp

$19,800pp

Starting in the capital of Ecuador, Quito, to the Andes and onto the Galapagos Islands, discover the rich flavours of Ecuadorian cuisine from the markets to five star dining.

Highlights

  • Visit a local Ecuadorian brewery as well as an Agave distillery, with tasting of course!
  • Take part in a private indigenous cooking class while staying a beautiful converted farmhouse in the Andes
  • Swim, snorkel, hike and kayak in the Galapagos Islands while enjoying the delicacies of a special chef onboard this Relais & Chateaux vessel

Day 1 - 2: Quito

Day 3 - 5: Otavalo

Day 6 - 12: Galapagos

Day 1 - 2: Quito

  • Visit a local brewery for an Ecuadorian craft beer experience
  • Visit the markets, eateries, restaurants of Quito with an English speaking local guide who can introduce you to the faces behind the food

On arrival in Quito, our local representatives will be waiting for you in arrivals to take you to your hotel – Casa Gangotena, the most elegant hotel in the city and certainly the one with the best location and the most amazing views over Plaza San Francisco.

During your full day in Quito, you’ll explore this UNESCO World Heritage city with a private English speaking guide who will take you not only to some of the most beautiful and historical parts of the city but also some of the hidden gems for eateries, markets and simply amazing restaurants. You’ll learn all about local traditions, culinary delicacies, tropical fruits, the importance of corn, and other homemade treats.

On your tour you’ll visit places like Plaza de la Independencia, La Compañía Church, the oldest street in Quito known as Calle de la Ronda, as well as Calle Roca Fuerte, famous for its local sweet treats. You’ll visit a local brewery for an Ecuadorian craft beer experience. 

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Otavalo - Ecuador - LatAm

Day 3 - 5: Otavalo

  • Visit an agave distillery to watch the process and sample their products
  • Enjoy a private indigenous cooking class to learn the art of gastronomy in Otavalo

Today your day will start with a visit to an agave distillery where you’ll learn about this particular process in Ecuador and you’ll have the chance to try some of their 100% organic and homemade products. You’ll then travel on to Hacienda Zuleta, a locally run boutique hotel set in a colonial era working farm with beautiful gardens and a true farm to table concept. You’ll have 3 nights here, giving you two full days to take part in the excursions on offer.

On your first full day, you’ll have the opportunity to take part in an indigenous cooking class. The gastronomy of Otavalo, nestled in the majestic Ecuadorian Andes, is a fusion of indigenous traditions and contemporary culinary techniques. For those who wish to further explore this rich gastronomic heritage, this class will allow you to learn about the secrets behind its delicious dishes. This experience is an opportunity to learn about the fundamentals of Andean cuisine and experiment with fresh local ingredients. This class may include the preparation of traditional dishes such as “locro de papa”, “fritada” “colada morada” among others under the guidance of community chefs. Participants help prepare traditional dishes while learning about the stories and culinary traditions of the region. It is a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture and experience Ecuadorian hospitality firsthand.

Other activities on offer at Hacienda Zuleta include things like horse riding, birdwatching, hiking, visiting the Condor conservation project, the cheese museum, the organic gardens and the embroidery shop.

Day 6 - 12: Galapagos

  • Cruise through the Galapagos archipelago, observing the land, seas and animals that formed the foundations of Darwin’s Theory of Evolution
  • Join Chef Cristian Puente for a cooking demonstration onboard and each night dine on his five star culinary masterpieces

Flying from Quito to the Galapagos, meet your cruise team and board the vessel for your 7 night cruise exploring the magnificent Galapagos Islands.

Over the next 7 days you’ll be exploring the southern and central Galapagos islands, including San Cristobal, Española (the only island you can see the Waved Albatross), Floreana, Santa Cruz, Sombrero Chino, Las Bachas, Bartolomé, Black Turtle Cove, South Plaza and North Seymour. You’ll visit famous historical landmarks, such as Post Office Bay, and your wildlife and birdlife spotting opportunities will be endless. Expect to snorkel every day and swim with species such as marine iguanas, Galapagos penguins, sea lions, countless species of beautiful tropical fish, white tipped sharks, giant sea turtles, octopus and more….

On board you will be joined by Chef Cristian Puente, known for showcasing the vibrant flavours of the Galapagos through his innovative dishes, drawing inspiration from his rich life experiences, friendships, childhood, and the unique landscapes of the archipelago. You will have the unique opportunity to attend a cooking demonstration from Chef Puente and learn how to create the perfect ceviche, the Ecuadorian version of this South American staple made by marinating raw fish and other ingredients in lime juice.

As the only floating Relais & Châteaux hotels in the Galapagos, you’ll enjoy a truly first class service but with a laid back family atmosphere. The staff are kind and friendly and will go above and beyond to ensure you’ll never forget your time in the Galapagos. You’ll enjoy iconic culinary delights, with delicious and varied food onboard from local delicacies to international dishes. In the evenings, enjoy light hearted entertainment, music, or simply a cocktail with truly amazing views.

What is typically included

  • 2 nights in Casa Gangotena in a Plaza View room – breakfast included
  • 3 nights in Hacienda Zuleta in a junior suite – full board with activities included
  • 7 nights onboard the Theory/Origin/Evolve – full board with activities included
  • Full day private gastronomy tour in Quito – lunch included 
  • Agave tasting experience 
  • Flights to/from Galapagos
  • Galapagos Park Entrance Fees 
  • Private transfers in mainland Ecuador 
  • Shared transfers in Galapagos as part of the cruise

Gastronomy through the Galapagos

12

Day Itinerary

Best Time
May
Perfect for
Photographers, Foodies, Slow Travel
Guide Price

£15,600pp

$19,800pp

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