Hospitality and Tourism
Hospitality and Tourism.
Administración de Empresas
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How We Started
Our hard work pays homage to the cuisine of our country, Ecuador, and the natural production of our “Pachamama” (Mother Earth). Manifested by everything from a simple, fresh herbal tea to a wide array of complex dishes, Otavalo’s rich gastronomical scene combines the diverse foods grown in the highland region with the ancestral knowledge of indigenous Andean culture.
This initiative was born in the heart of the Fuerez Anrango family in 2006. At the time, founding director of the Tandana Foundation, Anna Taft, arrived to the Panecillo community with her first group of volunteer students. Anna brought these volunteers to visit our home, where we were thrilled to teach them the preparation of “quimbolitos.” From the joy of this first experience, sharing our culture with new friends, we were inspired to create Andean cooking classes. We had a clear goal, and with it invested into the construction of a modern-style kitchen and 25-person dining room. José María (the Fuerez father) worked long and hard hours to not only build these additions, but also then equip them with tables and chairs that still serve us to this day. His knowledge, skill, and dedication also drove him to form the adjacent, traditional wood-fire brick oven. From the beginning, the project has aimed to value, revive, and conserve the ancestral knowledge of our Otavalan indigenous culture.