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Cooking Holidays in Ecuador

On this relaxing break, gain insight into the cultivation and production of corn, quinoa, sugar cane, herbs and many other products which we daily use in the preparation of food. Venues for lunch and dinner have been carefully chosen to give you the wonderful flavor of different cooking styles and techniques using ingredients from the region. You will try local specialties for which La Mirage is famous along with a range of fine Ecuadorian and South American wines and spirits.


  • 4 hands-on cooking classes
  • Learn organic food production
  • Visit the Condor Park and Otavalo Market
  • 5 nights luxury accommodation
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Cooking certificate, apron


4 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Spanish, English
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Thanks to a bit of architectural wizardry, and lavish landscaping, each of the twenty three unique rooms and suites - no two alike - is laid out so that you gaze at the gardens instead of at the room next door. One unit may be L-shaped with crimson walls, while another will be decked out with a king-sized canopy bed and golden accents. Additionally, bedding is available in Queen, Twin and Queen Twin. Also, a two-bedroom two-bath suite can be offered.

Comfortable large bathrooms with shower and all the amenities one would require. The furnishings are an eclectic blend of local and European pieces of art, all distinctive, yet cozy. They have a separate sitting area, and a fireplace. A digital Phone system, High Speed Internet Access, a personal safe and a Color TV with local channels and cable TV complement each accommodation. Fresh cut flower arrangements in your room or suite await your arrival. Nightly Turndown service.


Set in a beautiful countryside, you will learn more about Ecuadorian cuisine and preparation by actively participating at this hands-on lively 3 hour cooking class during your stay. Le Mirage will share their secret recipes in the preparation of a variety of starters, soups, main courses and desserts. The classes take place in the kitchen of the Garden Restaurant Colibri, facing the main garden, where you also will enjoy the delicacies you have been preparing under the leadership of the chefs.

Jorge will be ably assisted by the top chefs employed at La Mirage. The classes will be held during four mornings of your stay between 09:00 and noon. You will be provided with aprons, the necessary tools and all required ingredients to participate in the hands on cooking. All prepared dishes will be sampled and shared among the participants. At the end of the cooking and adventure you will be provided with a certificate.

Day 1: Arrival

  • Arrival in Quito International Airport Mariscal Sucre and transfer to La Mirage, your luxurious accommodation for the next 5 days.

Day 2: Cooking class, farm visit, baking class

  • Morning class and lunch.
  • Afternoon viewing of organic food production and the baking of bread according to indigenous customs.

Day 3: Cooking class, excursion, market visit

  • Morning class and lunch.
  • Afternoon visit to the Condor Park and a visit to the famous Indian Market in Otavalo.

Day 4: Cooking class, art / craft shop

  • Morning class.
  • Lunch and afternoon shopping experience for leather goods in Cotacachi.

Day 5: Cooking class, wine tour, restaurant visit

  • On the return to Quito visiting one of the best Wineries in the Andes Region of Ecuador.
  • Lunch and check-in at Boutique Hotel Mansion del Angel.
  • Farewell dinner at a popular restaurante.

Day 6: Departure

  • Breakfast at hotel.
  • Tansfer to the airport for departure home .


Join us on a luxury break and take the opportunity to visit La Mirage Garden Hotel & Spa, located in the small town of Cotacachi in the Imbabura Province, a two and a half hour drive north of Quito, the Capital of Ecuador. This particular region of Ecuador is probably the most scenic one and since Ecuador is the land of the sun, you will enjoy eternal springtime every month of the year.

Things to do (optional)

Cuicocha Crater Lake hiking tour

Laguna de Cuicocha is a stunning dark water lagoon nestled in a collapsed volcanic crater, located approximately 18km west of the small leather-working town of Cotacachi in the Cotacachi Cayapas Ecological Reserve. About 3km wide and 200m deep, the lake features striking cone-shaped islands, which shot up as a result of later volcanic erruptions.

The best way to enjoy the breathtaking sweep of this panoramic landscape is by hiking the trail which skirts the perimeter of the lake. The path follows the shoreline, starting near the reserves entrance booth and circling the lake counterclockwise, a hike of around approximately 5 hours.

Numerous hummingbirds and a variety of flowers and orchids add brilliant splashes of color to the scenery, and, if the mist clears, it is posible to see the peak of the Cotacachi volcano. Boats are also available to take visitors on short trips around the islands.

Condor Park.

Besides a variety of birds you will be able to see the famous Condors of the Andes. They are in danger of extinction but due to a private organization, it is hoped that the project will be successful in reproducing Condors.

Guided horse riding is available.

Otavalo Indian Market

It is the most famous indigenous market of Ecuador is located in Otavalo. It is open every day of the week and offers a large and impressive variety of all kinds of Ecuadorian handicrafts. Visit the Weavers of Peguche as well as the woodcarvers in San Antonio and the extensive variety of leather goods in Cotacachi.

San Pablo Lake

It is located at the foot of the Imbabura Volcano. A variety of water sports are available or one can just take a boat ride around the lake, enjoying the calm and the scenery.

Spa treatments

Pamper yourself in our luxurious spa and enjoy your spa gift certificate that you can use for our spa treatments. Enjoy health and wellness in our luxurious Spa, located within the covered and solar heated Swimming Pool Area. Expect much more than head-to-toe pampering for here in our luxurious Spa we believe Body, Mind and Soul are interconnected. Therefore, we offer a unique experience with the finest therapists, featuring exclusive European Bruno Vassari Products.

What's included

  • 1 glass of Ecuadorian wine during class lunch
  • 1 spa gift certificate
  • 4 cooking classes including ingredients
  • 5 nights hotel accommodation at La Mirage and in Quito
  • 22% taxes as per government regulation
  • American breakfast at hotel in Quito
  • Apron and accessories
  • Condor Park entrance and show
  • Full breakfast, lunch and a 3-course a la carte gourmet dinner at La Mirage
  • Gratuities
  • Return transportation between Quito and Cotacachi as well as during daily outings
  • Soft drinks and water during meals

What's not included

  • Additional spa services
  • Airfare to and from Ecuador
  • Airport departure tax
  • Internet
  • Laundry
  • Wine, beverages and spirits
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