Guayaquil Market & Cooking Class: In Partnership with Food & Wine Magazine

  • Port

    Guayaquil (Quito), Ecuador

  • Activity Level

    Easy

  • Excursion Type

    Information not currently available.

  • Wheelchair Accessible

    NO

  • Starting At

    USD174.95

  • Minimum Age

    Information not currently available.

  • Duration

    Approximately 5½ Hours

  • Meals Included

    Yes

Guayaquil has a rich gastronomic culture, and its identity is very much defined by the great variety of traditional dishes available in this cosmopolitan city. On this tour, you will immerse yourself in the local food scene by visiting a buzzing market and learning to cook Ecuadorian dishes with a professional chef.

Your first stop is the Sauces IX Municipal Market. While it has an unusual name, this is an experience that is loud, spirited, crowded, colorful and not to be missed. With fewer than 400 vendors, this relatively small market caters to the new generation of foodies staking their claim in the huge port city of Guayaquil. Its stalls are piled high with vegetables, fruit and spices. Ecuador is known for its ceviche and for its seafood culture, so you'll also find vendors selling the finest fresh fish and shellfish. Your guide will tell you about the origin of the most ubiquitous products -- plantain, peanuts, beans, rice, peppers -- and how they are combined with fish to make a delicious culinary statement.

Now it's time to see these ingredients come together to create an amazing meal. At a hotel in the city center, you'll be greeted by a professional chef. Assisting the chef, you will learn to prepare traditional dishes with a modern twist. Think shrimp ceviche served with popcorn or a dessert of passion-fruit mousse. Later, you will enjoy an authentic costeño lunch, which will include some of the tasty specialties that you helped make.

After this memorable culinary experience and market encounter, you will return to the pier with a newfound appreciation of the culture of Ecuador, its food and its people.

Notes:

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.