The essence of a Quito city tour
Delve into this city tour that begins downtown, passing through the modern section of Quito towards the city’s historic district. Explore Independence Square, flanked by the Presidential Palace, the Cathedral, the Archbishop’s Palace, and City Hall. Adjacent to the central Cathedral complex is La Iglesia de El Sagrario. The dome of this 17th century church is beautifully decorated. Don’t miss the feature stone façade and intricate detail of La Compañía de Jesús church. Take time to explore the twin-towered Iglesia de San Franciso church and monastery complex. The golden splendour of the church interior will take your breath away. A ride up the road will take you to the tower and statue of the Virgen of the Panecillo, which is visible from every angle of the city. From this vantage point, the outlines of the historic centre blur, and your eyes are drawn to the distant landscape of mountains and clouds.
Indulge in a delicious chocolate tasting in Galeria Ecuador, a signature &Beyond experience. You’ll learn about the processes involved in the transformation of cocoa beans from the cacao trees into the world’s most delicious chocolate. Participate in an interactive game, practicing how to sow the seeds, and cultivate these trees. A specialist guide will teach you how to prepare delectable truffles so don your apron, and armed with cooking implements, start creating using cinnamon, pink salt from Cusco, chocolate nibs, peanuts, almonds, raw cacao, and sugar to name but a few ingredients.
Leading on from your chocolate experience, immerse yourself in an exclusive &Beyond culinary experience at the Cafe Plaza Grande. Here you will have the opportunity to learn how to prepare appetising Ecuadorian dishes. Watch as a professional chef does a masterful presentation on how to prepare and assemble Ecuador’s renowned ceviche (seafood dish), and the equally famous Helado de Paila, an ice cream made with fresh typical pulp fruits with traditional Ecuadorian utensils. A delicious lunch will be served after this activity.