Ecuador – The chocolate tour
4 days from £556* per person Saving you £87 per person*
This itinerary isn’t set in stone. Pick, mix, swap however you like – your trip will be totally tailor made for you.
Day 1 Guayaquil city tour – Historical Park
Guayaquil is Ecuador’s main port, a key trading city famous for the nearby production and exportation of cacao.
Spend the day touring the city in detail, covering the big sights: Seminario Park, best known as the Iguanas Park, the Moorish Clock Tower, the Malecón 2000 boardwalk and the artist district of Las Peñas. Afterwards, continue to the Historical Park of Guayaquil, where you can walk through reconstructed traditional colonial buildings from Guayaquil’s past, as well as meet endangered local animal species who have been rescued and given a new home in the park.
Day 2 Guayaquil – El Deseo Farm – Cajas National Park – Cuenca
Set off early in the morning for El Deseo Farm. Here you’ll explore the cocoa plantation and get up close to the plant that produces the best chocolate in the world. You’ll learn about the different processes of fermentation and cocoa drying undertaken by the community here, then get a taste of the local chocolate before you leave.
Move on to Cajas National Park, where you’ll discover a landscape dominated by páramo vegetation. There are over 200 lakes in the park, which feed into the small rivers in the surrounding area. Spend the afternoon roaming this beautiful terrain and spotting whitetail deer, rabbits, Andean tapir and llamas. Dinner and a comfy bed are waiting for you in Cuenca at the end of the day.
Day 3 Cuenca city tour with chocolate workshop
Start the day with a stroll through the cobbled streets of the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cuenca, with its elegant squares, churches and balconies. Your guide will point out all the colourful sights of the city, from the ‘Chola Cuencana’ traditional costumes to the imposing pink marble cathedral. Wander along the banks of the Tomebamba River, then get a panoramic view of the city from the Turi Hill. In a day packed with highlights, there’s room for one more: a visit to Cuenca’s chocolate workshop to see the sweet stuff being prepared for consumption.
Swing by the factory that makes Panama hats, actually an Ecuadorian invention. If the hat fits… buy one to take home.
Day 4 Cuenca – Ingapirca – Guayaquil
Today you’ll discover Ingapirca, the largest Inca site in the country. Learn about the Inca and Cañari cultures by touring through the well-preserved fortifications and temples, including the striking Temple of the Sun. After exploring the site with your expert guide, you’ll be driven back to the city of Guayaquil to end your tour.
*Prices are based on private arrangements (not lower priced escorted tours with set dates). Quality three star accommodation is quoted here (unless mentioned otherwise), with breakfast included and other meals where mentioned. Mostly private transfers with an English speaking driver/guide and all activities mentioned, with top guides, are included. Domestic flights and transport all included from Day 1 to end point. Can be tailored to your needs, so prices could be lower for budget arrangements or higher for luxury.
International flight is not included