Latin America specialist Sonia left us all green-eyed with tales of her incredible trip to Ecuador and Galapagos, one of the most exciting and varied destinations to visit. Read on to find out what she did and where she stayed…
Top 5 things to do while in Quito
Quito is Ecuador’s charming capital city, perched high in the Andean mountains in the shadows of the Pichincha volcano.
When you’re not admiring the interiors of monasteries, there are a variety of activities to keep you entertained in Quito. City tours, alongside an expert guide, are a great way to live like a local and see what makes this fascinating city tick.
Alternatively head 30 minutes north of Quito to the Equatorial monument that marks the Mitad del Mundo, otherwise known as the centre of the earth. After standing with a foot on each hemisphere, stop by the Ethnographic museum to learn about Ecuador’s native groups.
You can also enjoy a chocolate tasting tour and sample some of the world’s best chocolate handmade by a traditional chocolatier. The Pacari chocolate produced in Ecuador has won several awards and is famous for its rich flavour and fruity/floral notes.
For cooking enthusiasts why not learn how to prepare authentic Ecuadorian cuisine from one of the city’s master chefs in a gourmet cooking class. You can choose to attend one held in a private dining area in one of the best restaurants in Quito.
Finish up with breath-taking views over the city by jumping on the teleférico (cable car) and heading to the summit of nearby Cruz Loma (4,050m). After making the 2.5km journey on the sky tram, the adventurous can then hike to the summit of Rucu Pichincha (4696m).