Explore the finest Chocolate & Art that Ecuador has to offer
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To’ak Chocolate and Fundación Guayasamín have teamed up to create the Chocolate & Art Experience, a one-of-a-kind journey in Quito that celebrates the rich history, art, and chocolate of Ecuador.
Ecuador’s native son, Oswaldo Guayasamín, is one of Latin America’s most celebrated artists. His work has been on display in many of the finest museums and galleries in the world. Guayasamín’s house, along with the Capilla del Hombre, is one of Quito’s most iconic attractions.
To’ak Chocolate, born and based in Ecuador, uses the oldest and rarest cacao variety on earth to make extremely limited editions of single-origin Ecuadorian dark chocolate. Its flagship edition was aged for four years in a French oak cognac cask and retails for $385 per bar, considered the most valuable chocolate in the world.
The Chocolate & Art Experience combines these two legacies into a singular experience in Quito:
- Private tour of Guayasamín’s extravagantly artistic home and all of its most intimate chambers, guided by an art specialist from the museum (one hour).
- A tasting and pairing of To’ak chocolate, guided by a chocolate specialist from To’ak and hosted in Guayasamín’s private wine cellar (one hour).
Price: $125 per person, with a minimum of two people and maximum of eight people.
Children up to 12 years old are free of charge when accompanied by two adults.
The Chocolate & Art Experience is hosted at Oswaldo Guayasamín’s beautiful and eccentric home. Perched high above Quito, with sweeping views of the city, the beautifully landscaped grounds and artfully lavish home is a living, breathing testament to art. Inside this home, which Guayasamín built himself and where he lived for the last 23 years of his life, is one of the most unique and fascinating art museums in the world. It is overflowing with archeological and artistic treasures that Guayasamín himself collected, along with his own great works of art.
Address: Fundación Guayasamín. Mariano Calvache E18-94 y Lorenzo Chávez, Bellavista, Quito.
The two-hour experience is broken into two parts. The first hour is a private tour of Guayasamín’s home and all of its most intimate chambers, guided by an art specialist from the museum. The guide will share Guayasamin’s passion for art and culture and explain the most significant pieces of his private art collection. This is a unique look inside the life of one of Latin America’s most creative minds in this past century.
The second hour is a tasting and pairing of To’ak chocolate, guided by a chocolate specialist from To’ak. The tasting is held in Guayasamin’s private wine cellar, where he entertained some of the 20th century’s most notable people, such as Fidel Castro, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Francois Mitterrand, the Prince of Monaco, and the King of Spain.
Akin to a wine tasting, guests will be guided through a comprehensive tasting of raw and roasted cacao beans and four different editions of To’ak Chocolate. The guide will educate guests about different Ecuadorian cacao varieties, terroir, fermentation methods, barrel-aging and how these production variables influence the flavor and aroma profile of each expression of chocolate.
Comparable to a Wine 101 course, but with the most luxurious and elaborate dark chocolate in the world. A wine or spirit pairing is optional.
- Private entrance
- 1 hour privately guided tour of Oswaldo Guayasamín’s former residence and private art collection with art expert.
- 1 hour privately guided tasting of To’ak chocolate with member of the To’ak Chocolate team.
- Tasting (per person): raw cacao bean, roasted cacao bean, four different editions of To’ak chocolate, and a wine or spirit pairing (optional).