Day 2 : Sunday, Quito Historic Center- Quito
Quito, Ecuador’s capital, is a real treasure between the volcanoes of Pichincha, Cayambe and Antisana. At an elevation of 2830 meters, it is the second highest capital in the world.. It was the first city classified by the UNESCO in 1978 and its historic centre is the biggest and best maintained in Latin America.
Departure at 8:30am: to get a good idea of the city, we will firstly go to the Panecillo, a small hill over the city with a statue of the Quito’ Virginp, with a splendid 360º view.
You will then have a visit of Quito’s colonial centre:
the church of the Compañia de Jesus (If the time allows it because this one opens the doors only at 12:30) or the Sucre theater;
the church of San Francisco;
the Grand Place where are located the Presidential Palace (Carondelet) and Quito’s Cathedral.
You will visit the “Alabado” archaeological museum, which not only retraces the pre-Hispanic history of the country, but also provides an understanding of its cultural heritage. Not only is the building that houses the museum itself worth a visit, but it also offers a structured tour that does not follow the simple logic of dates. It is designed according to the cosmological vision of the Andean peoples, made up of 3 worlds. This site is one of our favorites!
You will participate in a chocolate tasting organized in partnership with one of the most famous Ecuadorian chocolate manufacturers, Pacari.
You will be explained the process of chocolate elaboration, the origin of the “cacao fino de aroma” and the history of cocoa in the world.
You will have the privilege of tasting 10 different chocolates and learn how to smell, crunch and savor it to appreciate all its facets.
NOTE: Pacari works directly with farming families and provides them with a good remuneration for pure and organic cocoa, thus preserving the genetic diversity of cocoa in Ecuador. This initiative has been rewarded many times at the international level both for the quality of the products and the social commitment.
You will spend the night at Ikala hotel in Quito.
English-speaking guide in a private transport (if you are from 1 to 3 persons, your guide will also be your driver).
Included: entrance fees mentioned in the program , chocolate tasting , room & breakfast , private transport , local english-speaking guide , guide expenses