In spring 2018, Quito’s iconic mansion house hotel, Casa Gangotena, will launch a heritage and history package celebrating the 40th anniversary of the city’s UNESCO World Heritage Site status. Granting guests special-access to some of the city’s most cherished monuments, the newly introduced day-long experience includes a heli-tour, an unrivalled walking tour of Quito Old Town and a taste of yesteryear through a newly introduced culinary experience at Casa Gangotena.
After a traditional Quiteño breakfast at Casa Gangotena, travellers will take to the skies for a 30-minute helicopter adventure. Soaring high above the Ecuadorian capital’s gothic churches and ornate squares, this special experience offers sightings of the Atacazo and Pichincha Volcanoes, the rural village of Lloa, and El Panecillo neighbourhood from an entirely different perspective.
After lunch, guests will be introduced to ancient Andean traditions, age-old architecture and iconic colonial culture by way of a walking tour in the city’s old town. Highlights include a visit to Catédral Metropolitana de Quito – where guests can now descend into an underground catacomb-filled crypt for the first time and the chance to visit traditional hat makers and Andean herbal healers.
After a day of historical exploration, guests will return to Casa Gangotena for a taste of Quito gone-by. The hotel’s newly introduced culinary concept aims to celebrate Quito’s rich Mestizo culture that developed with the arrival of the Spaniards in the fifteenth century. Celebrating the blend of cultures that has made the city what it is today, the menu champions locally and sustainably sourced produce, whilse featuring re-imagined traditional dishes including local paiche with white coconut sauce, squid ink tuile and cassava puree, and slow cooked Galapagos lobster with mashed chaucha potatoes and ajillo garlic foam.
Casa Gangotena is the perfect base for exploring Quito. Overlooking Plaza San Francisco in the heart of the city’s old town, the hotel is made up of 31 rooms and showcases an eclectic mix of classic architecture, contemporary interior design, modern technology and quintessential comforts. Its privileged location in Quito’s charming old town makes it great for city adventures and the perfect starting point for wider explorations of Ecuador.