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8-day Chef's Kiss tour

You’ll need easy physical conditions for easy walking and exploring the sites in this journey.
Trip Type: Land Tours

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ecuador highlands

STARTING AT:

$1705

/ PERSON

Season: year-round
Duration: 8 Days
Group Size: 2
min
Accommodation: Hotel

ecuador highlands

STARTING AT:

$1705

/ PERSON

Group Size: 2
min
Season: year-round
Duration: 8 Days
Accommodation: Hotel

Expedition Overview

We all know the best way to know a place is through its food, right? So prepare for a mouthwatering journey through the Ecuadorian Landscape with our Chef’s Kiss tour!

A journey full of flavor and taste. History in every bite.

On your way, you’ll find colorful markets and different hidden tourist gems that will stay in your mind. Savor the charm of the region and get to know its history. Sounds like a plan, right?

FROM $1705

Itinerary

Get ready to start your journey in Quito. This city transpires history; you can almost hear the cobblestones telling you something as you step over them. No wonder it earned its UNESCO World Heritage status back in ’78. And man, does it feel like mountains and volcanoes cradle this city!
But enough chit-chat. Let’s talk about the good stuff. After you make yourself comfortable at your hotel, you will get to taste the best cacao in the world (yeah, it’s certified). Then, out to meet the beautiful city. Meet the Golden Church, San Francisco Square, and the main square in the historic Center. Oh, and if you want more sweets, then you’ll love “Cruz Verde”, Luis’ Workshop where you will taste traditional local candy.
Then, the main event: lunch! You will have lunch and rub your elbows with the locals. The food, of course, is made with fresh local ingredients that guarantee flavor.
And wait, there’s more! Now let’s go to “La Ronda”, one of the city’s most iconic streets. And if you want to taste a typical drink from Quito, you can toast with our “Canelazos”. Cheers to Quito!
We know, we know. Busy day, right? It is worth it, though. You’ll see, your tummies will appreciate it.

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Sheraton or similar

 

In the morning, we kick off with a hike through the Sierra climate around Limpiopungo Lagoon. On the foothills of the Cotopaxi, you can enjoy the landscapes. The Cotopaxi and Rumiñahui volcanoes paint a jaw-dropping picture. And the lagoon does help the view; you’ll see.
As for food, you will enjoy a traditional picnic in this place, so that you can enjoy a proper meal with a proper view. While in there, you can spot wild bulls, horses, and many birds. So, if you like movie-like landscapes, this is perfect for you.
And to end the day, we will go to Insilivi so that you can rest in a cozy town after such a day.

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Llullu Llama or similar

Today we head towards the south of the Andes, to the province of Chimborazo. On the way we will taste the famous Ice cream of Salcedo, and visit the local markets of the city Latacunga or Saquisili where you can admire the local lifestyle, fruits and vegetables colors and variety. Arriving at our destination Guamote, you will enjoy a delicious “Pamba Mesa” (community food of ancestral origin) and local activities at the lodge, such as a visit to the community.

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.

Accommodation: Inti Sisa.

 

Today, we go headfirst into the Inti Sisa Community, and you will get up close to the community and enjoy the local daily life.
You will have an Andean Cooking Class using local products harvested by the community. Let’s see if you can cook as good as the locals.
But the day doesn’t end there. Next stop: Ingapirca ruins. These ruins are an iconic place in the Southern Highlands. Spend the rest of the afternoon learning about the place and what makes it one of the most important places in the zone.
And to end the day, rest in the local Inn  Posada Ingapirca. You deserve the rest, don’t you?Rise and shine! Get recharged with breakfast and get ready to visit one of the most beautiful cities in Ecuador.
Among the colonial architecture, you will find plenty of places to visit. You will have a city tour so that you can see the most important places in Cuenca to take pictures and enjoy the beautiful colonial architecture and the New Cathedral.
Of course, for lunch, you can visit one of the many restaurants and try the food of this city famous for its dishes and tastes.
And if you didn’t get enough Cuenca, you can enjoy some cocktails in a gorgeous rooftop bar with an excellent ambience to end the day.

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.

Accommodation: Posada de Ingapirca

Rise and shine! Get recharged with breakfast and get ready to visit one of the most beautiful cities in Ecuador.
Among the colonial architecture, you will find plenty of places to visit. You will have a city tour so that you can see the most important places in Cuenca to take pictures and enjoy the beautiful colonial architecture and the New Cathedral.
Of course, for lunch, you can visit one of the many restaurants and try the food of this city famous for its dishes and tastes.
And if you didn’t get enough Cuenca, you can enjoy some cocktails in a gorgeous rooftop bar with an excellent ambience to end the day.

 

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.

Accommodation: Hotel Carvallo.

Buckle up, now it is time to visit the coast of the country. On our way there, we can enjoy the Cajas National Park and the landscape that makes Ecuador a unique place to visit.
We are headed towards Hacienda Danesa; there, you will delight a local lunch to see the difference between the coast cooking and the highlands one.
In the afternoon, you can explore the hacienda and engage in the various activities you can do there.
In the evening, taste a dinner before going to bed.

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Accommodation: Wyndham Guayaquil or similar.

Hope you are both an early bird and a wine lover since we will be heading to “Dos Hemisferios” in the first hour of the morning.
You will learn about the whole wine-making process, and of course, you will taste the results with a picnic. Enjoy sweet wine and a fine picnic, but remember, avoid drinking too much; you wouldn’t like to be hangover for your departure, would you?
As the day winds down, we will take you to your hotel so that you can give it a rest.

 

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.

Accommodation: Wyndham Guayaquil or similar.

Time to wrap up our journey! We’ll get you to the airport, so don’t forget to grab your stuff, pictures and… what are those you got there? Anyways, we will wait for your return, so don’t take too long before coming back!
See ya.

 

Meals: Breakfast.

 

What to Expect

Accommodation: Hotel
Location: ecuador highlands
Season: year-round
Meeting Point: Sheraton
Trip Type: Land Tours
Activity: Walking

What´s Included

✅ WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Transportation: Private and comfortable land transportation

  • Accommodation based on double occupancy:
  • 5* hotel in Quito, lodge in Cotopaxi, 3* hotel in Ingapirca, 3* hotel in Cuenca, 4* hacienda in Guayas, 3* hotel in Guayaquil.


  • Certified IE expert English-speaking adventure Trip Leader and local guides.

  • Entries
  • 🚫 WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • My Own Room supplement: USD $536

  • Airport transfer (international flights).

  • Travel insurance (suggested).

  • Meals not described in the itinerary – estimated budget USD $120 USD.

  • Tips for guides and drivers – estimated budget USD $120 USD.

  • All not mentioned.
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    We all know the best way to know a place is through its food, right? So prepare for a mouthwatering journey through the Ecuadorian Landscape with our Chef’s Kiss tour! A journey full of flavor and taste. History in every bite. On your way, you’ll find colorful markets and different hidden tourist gems that will stay in your mind. Savor the charm of the region and get to know its history. Sounds like a plan, right?

    Get ready to start your journey in Quito. This city transpires history; you can almost hear the cobblestones telling you something as you step over them. No wonder it earned its UNESCO World Heritage status back in ’78. And man, does it feel like mountains and volcanoes cradle this city!
    But enough chit-chat. Let’s talk about the good stuff. After you make yourself comfortable at your hotel, you will get to taste the best cacao in the world (yeah, it’s certified). Then, out to meet the beautiful city. Meet the Golden Church, San Francisco Square, and the main square in the historic Center. Oh, and if you want more sweets, then you’ll love “Cruz Verde”, Luis’ Workshop where you will taste traditional local candy.
    Then, the main event: lunch! You will have lunch and rub your elbows with the locals. The food, of course, is made with fresh local ingredients that guarantee flavor.
    And wait, there’s more! Now let’s go to “La Ronda”, one of the city’s most iconic streets. And if you want to taste a typical drink from Quito, you can toast with our “Canelazos”. Cheers to Quito!
    We know, we know. Busy day, right? It is worth it, though. You’ll see, your tummies will appreciate it.

     

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    Accommodation: Sheraton or similar

     

    In the morning, we kick off with a hike through the Sierra climate around Limpiopungo Lagoon. On the foothills of the Cotopaxi, you can enjoy the landscapes. The Cotopaxi and Rumiñahui volcanoes paint a jaw-dropping picture. And the lagoon does help the view; you’ll see.
    As for food, you will enjoy a traditional picnic in this place, so that you can enjoy a proper meal with a proper view. While in there, you can spot wild bulls, horses, and many birds. So, if you like movie-like landscapes, this is perfect for you.
    And to end the day, we will go to Insilivi so that you can rest in a cozy town after such a day.

     

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    Accommodation: Llullu Llama or similar

    Today we head towards the south of the Andes, to the province of Chimborazo. On the way we will taste the famous Ice cream of Salcedo, and visit the local markets of the city Latacunga or Saquisili where you can admire the local lifestyle, fruits and vegetables colors and variety. Arriving at our destination Guamote, you will enjoy a delicious “Pamba Mesa” (community food of ancestral origin) and local activities at the lodge, such as a visit to the community.

     

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.

    Accommodation: Inti Sisa.

     

    Today, we go headfirst into the Inti Sisa Community, and you will get up close to the community and enjoy the local daily life.
    You will have an Andean Cooking Class using local products harvested by the community. Let’s see if you can cook as good as the locals.
    But the day doesn’t end there. Next stop: Ingapirca ruins. These ruins are an iconic place in the Southern Highlands. Spend the rest of the afternoon learning about the place and what makes it one of the most important places in the zone.
    And to end the day, rest in the local Inn  Posada Ingapirca. You deserve the rest, don’t you?Rise and shine! Get recharged with breakfast and get ready to visit one of the most beautiful cities in Ecuador.
    Among the colonial architecture, you will find plenty of places to visit. You will have a city tour so that you can see the most important places in Cuenca to take pictures and enjoy the beautiful colonial architecture and the New Cathedral.
    Of course, for lunch, you can visit one of the many restaurants and try the food of this city famous for its dishes and tastes.
    And if you didn’t get enough Cuenca, you can enjoy some cocktails in a gorgeous rooftop bar with an excellent ambience to end the day.

     

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.

    Accommodation: Posada de Ingapirca

    Rise and shine! Get recharged with breakfast and get ready to visit one of the most beautiful cities in Ecuador.
    Among the colonial architecture, you will find plenty of places to visit. You will have a city tour so that you can see the most important places in Cuenca to take pictures and enjoy the beautiful colonial architecture and the New Cathedral.
    Of course, for lunch, you can visit one of the many restaurants and try the food of this city famous for its dishes and tastes.
    And if you didn’t get enough Cuenca, you can enjoy some cocktails in a gorgeous rooftop bar with an excellent ambience to end the day.

     

     

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.

    Accommodation: Hotel Carvallo.

    Buckle up, now it is time to visit the coast of the country. On our way there, we can enjoy the Cajas National Park and the landscape that makes Ecuador a unique place to visit.
    We are headed towards Hacienda Danesa; there, you will delight a local lunch to see the difference between the coast cooking and the highlands one.
    In the afternoon, you can explore the hacienda and engage in the various activities you can do there.
    In the evening, taste a dinner before going to bed.

     

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

    Accommodation: Wyndham Guayaquil or similar.

    Hope you are both an early bird and a wine lover since we will be heading to “Dos Hemisferios” in the first hour of the morning.
    You will learn about the whole wine-making process, and of course, you will taste the results with a picnic. Enjoy sweet wine and a fine picnic, but remember, avoid drinking too much; you wouldn’t like to be hangover for your departure, would you?
    As the day winds down, we will take you to your hotel so that you can give it a rest.

     

     

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.

    Accommodation: Wyndham Guayaquil or similar.

    Time to wrap up our journey! We’ll get you to the airport, so don’t forget to grab your stuff, pictures and… what are those you got there? Anyways, we will wait for your return, so don’t take too long before coming back!
    See ya.

     

    Meals: Breakfast.

     

    Accommodation: Hotel
    Location: ecuador highlands
    Season: year-round
    Meeting Point: Sheraton
    Trip Type: Land Tours
    Activity: Walking
    ✅ WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • Transportation: Private and comfortable land transportation
  • Accommodation based on double occupancy:
  • 5* hotel in Quito, lodge in Cotopaxi, 3* hotel in Ingapirca, 3* hotel in Cuenca, 4* hacienda in Guayas, 3* hotel in Guayaquil.

  • Certified IE expert English-speaking adventure Trip Leader and local guides.
  • Entries
  • 🚫 WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
  • My Own Room supplement: USD $536
  • Airport transfer (international flights).
  • Travel insurance (suggested).
  • Meals not described in the itinerary – estimated budget USD $120 USD.
  • Tips for guides and drivers – estimated budget USD $120 USD.
  • All not mentioned.
  • What to bring?

    What is the minimum age for this trip?

    8 years old as a minimum age.

    What is the currency?

    US American Dollars

    What Travel Insurance do you recommend?

    World Nomads Insurance with a coverage of USD 200 000

    What vaccinations do I need?

    For Ecuador Highlands, Covid vaccination is required.

    What’s the weather like?

    Seasons in Ecuador have nothing to do with temperature – instead there is a dry season and a wet season. In Ecuador, the winter season is hot and wet, and the summer is dry and cold. Ecuador’s dry, summer season falls between May and December. January to April is Ecuador’s wet wintertime. There is not much of a transition between the seasons.

    Most of Ecuador has mild temperatures year-round. In the highlands of the Andes, the temperatures are usually cooler and depend of the altitude mainly, the higher the colder, The average temperature in Quito is in the mid-60s Fahrenheit (17 – 18 degrees Celsius). But the average temperature by the snow-cover volcanos can be mid-50s Fahrenheit (10 – 13 degrees Celsius).

    What Do I Do about drinking water?

    The tap water in Ecuador is not always friendly on the stomach for those who haven’t been in Latin America for a while. There is purified water in each of the accommodation which you can use to fill up each morning, so be sure to pack a reusable water bottle or two. There will also be water in the transportation.

    How much should I tip?

    Tips are not included in the trip cost. These are entirely at your discretion but there is an expectation to tip for good service. Your guide will help with advice; however, we suggest the below as a guideline per person:

    Guides: USD 10- USD 15 per day

    Of course, you are free to tip more or less, and the amount should be reflective of your perception of service and quality - a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service

    We all know the best way to know a place is through its food, right? So prepare for a mouthwatering journey through the Ecuadorian Landscape with our Chef’s Kiss tour! A journey full of flavor and taste. History in every bite. On your way, you’ll find colorful markets and different hidden tourist gems that will stay in your mind. Savor the charm of the region and get to know its history. Sounds like a plan, right?

    Get ready to start your journey in Quito. This city transpires history; you can almost hear the cobblestones telling you something as you step over them. No wonder it earned its UNESCO World Heritage status back in ’78. And man, does it feel like mountains and volcanoes cradle this city!
    But enough chit-chat. Let’s talk about the good stuff. After you make yourself comfortable at your hotel, you will get to taste the best cacao in the world (yeah, it’s certified). Then, out to meet the beautiful city. Meet the Golden Church, San Francisco Square, and the main square in the historic Center. Oh, and if you want more sweets, then you’ll love “Cruz Verde”, Luis’ Workshop where you will taste traditional local candy.
    Then, the main event: lunch! You will have lunch and rub your elbows with the locals. The food, of course, is made with fresh local ingredients that guarantee flavor.
    And wait, there’s more! Now let’s go to “La Ronda”, one of the city’s most iconic streets. And if you want to taste a typical drink from Quito, you can toast with our “Canelazos”. Cheers to Quito!
    We know, we know. Busy day, right? It is worth it, though. You’ll see, your tummies will appreciate it.

     

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    Accommodation: Sheraton or similar

     

    In the morning, we kick off with a hike through the Sierra climate around Limpiopungo Lagoon. On the foothills of the Cotopaxi, you can enjoy the landscapes. The Cotopaxi and Rumiñahui volcanoes paint a jaw-dropping picture. And the lagoon does help the view; you’ll see.
    As for food, you will enjoy a traditional picnic in this place, so that you can enjoy a proper meal with a proper view. While in there, you can spot wild bulls, horses, and many birds. So, if you like movie-like landscapes, this is perfect for you.
    And to end the day, we will go to Insilivi so that you can rest in a cozy town after such a day.

     

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    Accommodation: Llullu Llama or similar

    Today we head towards the south of the Andes, to the province of Chimborazo. On the way we will taste the famous Ice cream of Salcedo, and visit the local markets of the city Latacunga or Saquisili where you can admire the local lifestyle, fruits and vegetables colors and variety. Arriving at our destination Guamote, you will enjoy a delicious “Pamba Mesa” (community food of ancestral origin) and local activities at the lodge, such as a visit to the community.

     

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.

    Accommodation: Inti Sisa.

     

    Today, we go headfirst into the Inti Sisa Community, and you will get up close to the community and enjoy the local daily life.
    You will have an Andean Cooking Class using local products harvested by the community. Let’s see if you can cook as good as the locals.
    But the day doesn’t end there. Next stop: Ingapirca ruins. These ruins are an iconic place in the Southern Highlands. Spend the rest of the afternoon learning about the place and what makes it one of the most important places in the zone.
    And to end the day, rest in the local Inn  Posada Ingapirca. You deserve the rest, don’t you?Rise and shine! Get recharged with breakfast and get ready to visit one of the most beautiful cities in Ecuador.
    Among the colonial architecture, you will find plenty of places to visit. You will have a city tour so that you can see the most important places in Cuenca to take pictures and enjoy the beautiful colonial architecture and the New Cathedral.
    Of course, for lunch, you can visit one of the many restaurants and try the food of this city famous for its dishes and tastes.
    And if you didn’t get enough Cuenca, you can enjoy some cocktails in a gorgeous rooftop bar with an excellent ambience to end the day.

     

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.

    Accommodation: Posada de Ingapirca

    Rise and shine! Get recharged with breakfast and get ready to visit one of the most beautiful cities in Ecuador.
    Among the colonial architecture, you will find plenty of places to visit. You will have a city tour so that you can see the most important places in Cuenca to take pictures and enjoy the beautiful colonial architecture and the New Cathedral.
    Of course, for lunch, you can visit one of the many restaurants and try the food of this city famous for its dishes and tastes.
    And if you didn’t get enough Cuenca, you can enjoy some cocktails in a gorgeous rooftop bar with an excellent ambience to end the day.

     

     

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.

    Accommodation: Hotel Carvallo.

    Buckle up, now it is time to visit the coast of the country. On our way there, we can enjoy the Cajas National Park and the landscape that makes Ecuador a unique place to visit.
    We are headed towards Hacienda Danesa; there, you will delight a local lunch to see the difference between the coast cooking and the highlands one.
    In the afternoon, you can explore the hacienda and engage in the various activities you can do there.
    In the evening, taste a dinner before going to bed.

     

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

    Accommodation: Wyndham Guayaquil or similar.

    Hope you are both an early bird and a wine lover since we will be heading to “Dos Hemisferios” in the first hour of the morning.
    You will learn about the whole wine-making process, and of course, you will taste the results with a picnic. Enjoy sweet wine and a fine picnic, but remember, avoid drinking too much; you wouldn’t like to be hangover for your departure, would you?
    As the day winds down, we will take you to your hotel so that you can give it a rest.

     

     

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.

    Accommodation: Wyndham Guayaquil or similar.

    Time to wrap up our journey! We’ll get you to the airport, so don’t forget to grab your stuff, pictures and… what are those you got there? Anyways, we will wait for your return, so don’t take too long before coming back!
    See ya.

     

    Meals: Breakfast.

     

    Accommodation: Hotel
    Location: ecuador highlands
    Season: year-round
    Meeting Point: Sheraton
    Trip Type: Land Tours
    Activity: Walking
    ✅ WHAT'S INCLUDED
    Transportation: Private and comfortable land transportation

    Accommodation based on double occupancy:

    5* hotel in Quito, lodge in Cotopaxi, 3* hotel in Ingapirca, 3* hotel in Cuenca, 4* hacienda in Guayas, 3* hotel in Guayaquil.

    Certified IE expert English-speaking adventure Trip Leader and local guides.

    Entries

    🚫 WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
    My Own Room supplement: USD $536

    Airport transfer (international flights).

    Travel insurance (suggested).

    Meals not described in the itinerary – estimated budget USD $120 USD.

    Tips for guides and drivers – estimated budget USD $120 USD.

    All not mentioned.

    What to bring?

    What is the minimum age for this trip?

    8 years old as a minimum age.

    What is the currency?

    US American Dollars

    What Travel Insurance do you recommend?

    World Nomads Insurance with a coverage of USD 200 000

    What vaccinations do I need?

    For Ecuador Highlands, Covid vaccination is required.

    What’s the weather like?

    Seasons in Ecuador have nothing to do with temperature – instead there is a dry season and a wet season. In Ecuador, the winter season is hot and wet, and the summer is dry and cold. Ecuador’s dry, summer season falls between May and December. January to April is Ecuador’s wet wintertime. There is not much of a transition between the seasons.

    Most of Ecuador has mild temperatures year-round. In the highlands of the Andes, the temperatures are usually cooler and depend of the altitude mainly, the higher the colder, The average temperature in Quito is in the mid-60s Fahrenheit (17 – 18 degrees Celsius). But the average temperature by the snow-cover volcanos can be mid-50s Fahrenheit (10 – 13 degrees Celsius).

    What Do I Do about drinking water?

    The tap water in Ecuador is not always friendly on the stomach for those who haven’t been in Latin America for a while. There is purified water in each of the accommodation which you can use to fill up each morning, so be sure to pack a reusable water bottle or two. There will also be water in the transportation.

    How much should I tip?

    Tips are not included in the trip cost. These are entirely at your discretion but there is an expectation to tip for good service. Your guide will help with advice; however, we suggest the below as a guideline per person:

    Guides: USD 10- USD 15 per day

    Of course, you are free to tip more or less, and the amount should be reflective of your perception of service and quality - a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service

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