This morning after breakfast, you will be met by your private guide, who will be with you for a full day of touring.
Head to the north of Quito where the Chapel of Man, Oswaldo Guayasamin´s home, is located. Upon arrival enjoy a private tour of Guayasamín’s home and all its most intimate chambers, guided by an art specialist from the museum, who will share Guayasamin’s passion for art and culture and explain the most significant pieces of his private collection. This is a unique look inside the life of one of Latin America’s most creative minds in this past century. After, partake in a tasting of To’ak chocolate in Guayasamin’s private wine cellar, where he entertained some of the 20th century’s most notable figures including Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Francois Mitterrand, the Prince of Monaco, and the King of Spain. Derived from a fusion of ancient dialects in Ecuador, the name To’ak means “earth” and “tree,” which together represent the true source of all chocolate, and nowadays is considered the best dark chocolate in the world.
After, head to Quito’s historic center, UNESCO’s first ever designated World Heritage Site. After a traditional gourmet lunch, you will visit San Francisco Church. Completed in 1650 after more than 150 years of construction, this architectural treasure houses more than 3500 work of art and is considered the oldest and most important religious site in Ecuador. From here, wander the charming, cobbled paths of the old city toward La Ronda Street, the city’s oldest, where you will find many handicraft stores and workshops. From here, continue on foot to the San Marcos neighborhood to see how the local live in this colorful, artsy part of the city.
Casa Gangotena Meals: Breakfast / Lunch