GTLT-04 – QUITO
Six Senses – Walking Tour
Feel, listen, taste, smell and see Quito
Half Day – Private
This six senses tour will allow you feel, listen, taste, smell and see Quito. This unique adventure for the senses takes you on a guided walk through the winding streets of downtown Quito. Together we will uncover traditions, history and local life of this enchanting city. As we explore the streets of the historic district, we will enter artisan shops, chocolate factories and hidden sweet shops on a trip that covers the past, present and future of Ecuador’s beautiful capital.
We start on the San Juan hill by visiting the Cobo family’s pastry shop, at this small bakery we will learn the process of making the traditional “Quesadilla”, one of Quito’s favorite pastries. We will get a chance to taste this delicacy and other original treats.
Our second stop is a surprise visit to the ancient location of the temple of the moon, here we will experience “El Torno”, our exclusive attraction that takes us into the city’s past while offering expansive views of the amazing domes and rooftops that furnish the skyline. Our route takes us through the street of the seven crosses, we will enjoy views of the facades of old colonial homes and churches on our way to the central plaza.
Our next experience will take us to the very origin of the golden seed “Cacao”, we will visit the workshop of one of the world’s best Chocolate Bar: “Pacari”! chocolate boasts several gold medals at global competitions. Before we get a taste of this unique delicacy we will be introduced to the process of making our own truffles, we get a chance to be a chocolatier for a day and mix up exotic fruits, herbs and spices with the famous “Arriba” cocoa beans. All this while learning the entire process from the bean to the bar. As we continue through these historic streets we get a chance to meet a local family that makes their living by creating traditional sweets called Colaciones!
We will walk deeper into the heart of Quito, passing by historic buildings made of volcanic stones, the stunning views of the sculpted Compañía Church will leave you longing for a visit of its interiors. To learn more about this and other churches we will make our way to the workshops of the master craftsmen from “The Escuela Quiteña”. These artists keep the secrets of the colonial art in Quito’s churches and museums and they are the people who have been in charge of restoring the altars and painting in these historic gems. They will share their secrets with us and allow us to try our artistic skills to create our very own crafts.
Our final experience is at the handmade hat workshop, we will get a briefing on the traditional hats from Quito’s historic timeline as well as the distinctive headwear from the different ethnic groups that make up Ecuador’s live culture. We take part in the hat making process.
This is our suggested routing, of course it can be tailored and designed to cover your expectations of the city, we have dozens of experiences to choose from and we can replace any of the above with your favorite. Latin Trails six senses tour will allow you feel, listen, taste, smell and see Quito. The six sense? The love Ecuadorians put into everything we do and we are willing to share with our guests.