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The Flavors of the Andes


FROM £$ 4221

Private Tour Highlights

  • Learn about all the different species of fruits and vegetables that are grown in the country and why the food is so varied
  • Enjoy an explanation among of the different species and plants that are utilized by Ecuadorians for cooking
  • Visit the famous Indian Market to find traditional crafts and textiles that are handmade
  • Take a ride on the Devil's Nose Train, the most difficult railway in the world, working down the zigzag-carved railway
  • Savor some of the country's most fantastic flavors with the incredible variety of ingredients that are offered
  • Be delighted with Ecuadorian chocolate while listening to an explanation over the finest cacao grain in the world, the Ecuadorian Cacao
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Tour Overview

Allow Ecuador’s immense flavors dance across your pallet while exploring The Flavors of the Andes! When traveling abroad, there is nothing better than savoring the local dishes and ingredients and tasting something that you have never experienced before. While relishing the traditional gastronomy of Ecuador, you will learn about the country’s delicious history and partake in some of the region’s most unique cultural experiences.

With the country’s cultural and physical diversity, you will be in a state of awe with the many assortments of exotic fruits that you never even knew existed, local vegetables including a wide array of potatoes and proteins of many varieties. Consume delightful foods such as “Locro de Papa”, a classic Ecuadorian soup, and sink your teeth into the Andes’ local specialty of Cuy, a morsel that won’t be forgotten!

The Flavors of the Andes tour of Ecuador is a foodie’s dream that one must experience to be truly submerged in Andean culture. Take a bite out of life and discuss your next gastronomical vacation experience with one of our specialized travel consultants!

Price includes domestic and regional flights within the itinerary; all hotel accommodations including daily continental or buffet breakfast and daily city tax; all transfers between airports and hotels with assistance and baggage handling; guided tours in English including entrance fees.

International airfare (unless specifically included), airport departure taxes that must be paid on-site, gratuities, meals not mentioned, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages with meals, early / late check-out, room service, visa fees/services and other personal items or services not mentioned.

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Pricing Details
  3-Star 4-Star 5-Star Luxury
Double N/A £$4221 £$4186 £$5397
Single N/A £$7396 £$7454 £$10096

Prices shown above are per person. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability. Prices include local airfare (where applicable), hotel accommodation including daily breakfast; all transfers with baggage handling, all guided tours in English and all entrance fees.

Please note that prices are subject to change based on availability and seasonality, especially during the holiday season from December 20th through January 5th each year. Please contact a Yampu Travel Specialist for more information on best times to travel.

Trip Type:

All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary


Welcome to Quito

Upon arrival, be met by a private guide at the airport, and transfer to the selected hotel in Quito to spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Upon arrival, be met by a private guide at the airport, and transfer to the selected hotel in Quito to spend the rest of the day at leisure.


Gastronomic tour of Quito

After breakfast, be met at the hotel and transfer to one of the most traditional markets in the city of Quito; Yampu travelers will have the opportunity to learn about all the different species of fruits and vegetables that are grown in the country and why the food is so varied. After this, proceed to the old city and arrive in "Calle la Ronda", known for its rich history, visitors will encounter an amazing experience at the different Gastronomical stations.

The first station will be the Gastronomic capsule; here, enjoy an explanation among of the different species and plants that are utilized by Ecuadorians for cooking. There is an optional opportunity to mix different species and create an infusion. Next, travelers will have the chance to be delighted with Ecuadorian chocolate while listening to an explanation over the finest cacao grain in the world, the Ecuadorian Cacao. Check out the traditional "Helados de Paila", made using glacier ice, prepared in a Paila (copper pan) with typical flavors or tropical fruits only found in Ecuador.

Later, walk into the independence square and be amazed by the surrounding architecture. Take in the imposing churches with a mixture of gothic and baroque art from the ages of the colonialism in the city. Proceed to try out the traditional "Rosero Quiteno" a traditional beverage, then try out the "Empanadas de Morocho" and in the afternoon, take some time to relax and enjoy Quito. less


Cayambe - Otavalo Market - Atuntaki- Quito

Early in the morning, on the way north to Imbabura province, the province of lakes, make a quick stop in Cayambe where visitors will try out the traditional "Bizcochos and Queso de Hoja". Bizcochos made from a mix of wheat flour flower, vegetable shortening, butter, yeast, salt, and water indeed is the gastronomical face of Cayambe. Continue to Otavalo and visit the famous Indian Market to find traditional crafts and textiles that are handmade here. Continue on to Atuntaki, experience the gastronomic highlight of the day- traditional fried pork. In the afternoon, return to Quito for the rest of the day at leisure. less


Cotopaxi National Park- Limpiopungo Lake - San Agustin del Callo- Riobamba

After breakfast, head South along the Pan-American Highway until reaching Cotopaxi National Park. Drive on a third-class road through a pine forest to Limpiopungo Lake, situated 3,800 meters above sea level, along the slopes of the magnificent Cotopaxi volcano. For Lunch, continue to hacienda San Agustin del Callo to enjoy a delicious "Locro de Papa", a classic Ecuadorian potato and cheese soup. Soups are very popular in Ecuador and usually served with most meals. They are one of the best tasting dishes you can find. Continue to Riobamba for accommodation. less


Alausi - Devil's Nose - Azogues - Cuenca

Very early in the morning, after breakfast, head out to Alausi for the famous train ride at the well-known Devil's Nose. Due to the land topography, this train portion is a masterpiece of railway engineering, commonly named "the most difficult railway in the world". The descent is not an ordinary one; start the ride at an altitude of 2,346 meters and descend to 1,860 meters in just 30 minutes in a zigzag-carved railway. Continue your trip to Azogues to try out the typical "Cascaritas" this is a well-known place where national and international tourists come to relish in this culinary delight. Continue to Cuenca for overnight in selected hotel. less


Cuenca - Guayaquil

After breakfast, enjoy a city tour of the magnificent Cuenca, declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage of Mankind site. After the city tour, experience one of the well-known restaurants in Cuenca serving the famous "Cuy" a local delight, and one of the most popular dishes in the Ecuadorian Gastronomy. Named after the sound it makes, cuy, or guinea pig, is a dish that many in other countries would take in as a pet, but is considered a delicacy in many South American countries. After this, transfer to Guayaquil for accommodation at the selected hotel. less


Guayaquil - Guayaquil Airport

Early in the morning, head to one of the local restaurants of the city where you will be able to enjoy a typical breakfast from this area of the country. Savor a tasty Bolon which is a typical Ecuadorian breakfast served with coffee. The bolon verde consists of plantain verde and mozzarella, which is easily prepared and equally delicious. After this, enjoy a panoramic city tour of Guayaquil to visit the highlights of the city such as Malecon 2000 and the traditional "Las Penas" neighborhood. After this, transfer to the airport. less

Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador

Riobamba, Chimborazo Province, Ecuador

Cuenca, Azuay, Ecuador

Guayaquil, Guayas, Ecuador

Places You'll See

  • Quito-Ecuador-Hillside


    The magnificent city of Quito is bursting with cultural, historical, and artistic character. Along with its scenic parks such as Parque La Carolina, visit its enchanting museums like the Museo del Banco Central. Take a trip to the Mitad del Mundo, or the “Middle of the World”, where the first measurements to prove the earth was round, were taken.

  • Riobamba-Mission-Ecuador


    One of the stops along the Pan-American-Highway is the scenic Riobamba. One cannot miss the views of the surrounding mountain ranges including Ecuador’s highest mountain, Chimborazo. Visit the local art museums and its neoclassical basilica, Parque La Libertad, to absorb the areas culture and history.

  • Cuenca-Cathedral-Ecuador


    Well known for its stunning and historical architecture, Cuenca is a City that holds a great amount of history. Visit the historic center of the city that has been named a UNESCO Heritage Site with its historical structures. Take a tour of The Ruins of the former Inca Empire, Ingapirca, and learn of these ancient people.

  • Guayaquil

    Guayaquil, the largest city in Ecuador, has a continuously growing theater and art scene due to the local universities nearby. Walk the nation’s main port and purchase some handmade goods while capering through the local markets.

Hotel Options

3 Star Properties

Riobamba : Casa Real

Riobamba : Hosteria La Andaluza

4 Star Properties

Quito : La Casona de la Ronda

Quito : Hotel Carlota Quito

Riobamba : Chimborazo Lodge

Cuenca : Hotel Victoria

Cuenca : Carvallo

Guayaquil : Unipark Guayaquil

Guayaquil : Palace Hotel Guayaquil

5 Star Properties

Quito : Hotel Mama Cuchara

Quito : Illa Experience Hotel

Riobamba : Hacienda Abraspungo

Cuenca : Santa Lucia

Cuenca : San Juan Hotel

Guayaquil : Wyndham Guayaquil

Guayaquil : Oro Verde

Luxury Properties

Quito : Casa Gangotena

Cuenca : Cruz del Vado

Guayaquil : Hotel Del Parque

Guayaquil : Hacienda La Danesa



Traveled October, 2015

Yampu did a very good job of planning

Our guides were professional, knowledgeable, and personally warm. Our Cusco guide did an especially good job of bringing the Andean culture alive. Drivers were all punctual, friendly, safe and ready to be helpful when necessary. Yampu did a very good job of planning: hotels, guides, drivers, restaurants, and tours.
Thanks again to you and your colleagues for doing such a good job of handling all the arrangements!

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Corinne H.

Traveled July, 2016

Yampu made this trip incredible!

Every guide has been amazing. Very knowledgeable about the country and all spoke great English, which made it easy. All drivers were friendly, amazing drivers! Yampu got us into the right hotels, loved them all. There has not been one glitch on our trip. The whole trip was wonderful thanks to Yampu.

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Traveled May, 2014

Yampu Tours planned an amazing trip for our inaugural South America experience

Yampu Tours planned an amazing trip for our inaugural south-america experience. We wanted to cover 6 countries in one month so it would have been a nightmare if we had to plan it ourselves from Asia. Karolina from Yampu put together a great itinerary and gave great advice. She was also extremely patient when we wanted to change things around. All the planning happened over email super efficient. We were very pleased with the accommodation choices, activities planned and the quality of the local tour guides. Thanks again!

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