The Sauces IX Market & Fabulous Foodie Fun: In Partnership with Food & Wine Magazine

  • Port

    Guayaquil (Quito), Ecuador

  • Activity Level


  • Excursion Type

    Information not currently available.

  • Wheelchair Accessible


  • Cost


    Price over $151
  • Minimum Age

    Information not currently available.

  • Duration

    Approximately 5½ Hours

  • Meals Included


The identity of Guayaquil is defined in its great variety of traditional dishes that comprise its gastronomic culture.

Visit the Sauces IX Municipal Market. An unsusual name? Yes. An immersion experience that is loud, spirited, crowded and colorful? Yes, indeed! With fewer than 400 vendors, this relatively small market caters to the new generation of foodies staking their claim to the best of local fare in the huge port city of Guayaquil. Its stalls are piled high with the finest fresh seafood and shellfish, vegetables, fruit and spices. Your guide will tell you about the origin and use of some of the most ubiquitous products -- plantain, peanuts, beans, rice, herbs, spices, peppers -- and how they are typically combined with fresh fish and seafood to make a delicious statement.

Continue to a hotel in the city and meet the professional chef. Assisting him/her, you will learn to prepare some of the traditional dishes of the Guayaquil region. Note the modern twist, such as shrimp ceviche served with popcorn, and for dessert a delicious passionfruit mousse. Later, you will enjoy a costeño lunch, which will include some of the tasty specialties that you have prepared.

After this culinary experience and memorable market encounter, you will return to the pier.

Please note: Leave your valuables on board the ship. The market is very crowded. Participants must be able to walk and stand at the market -- there is no seating available.