You Can Call Me Mrs. Blogger – Back to Blogging with a Vegan Honeymoon Adventure in South America

Well, I am FINALLY back to blogging, after not posting anything for over 3 months. You see, wedding planning is almost like a second full time job, so I had no choice but to neglect my blog. I still cooked great vegan food, however didn’t document much of it. But I do have a backlog of things to post, so I’ll be working on that.

So now I’m a Mrs!! We had an amazing wedding and the hard work did pay off…

bride and groom

After the wedding we went on a honeymoon in South America. It was such an amazing way to unwind after over a year of wedding planning, and to start off our lives as husband and wife. Our trip went something like this: Quito, Ecuador then the Galapagos Islands, back to Quito, then to Otavalo, then back to Quito, and then sadly back home. We definitely could have spent more time in South America; it was an amazing place to visit.

I could go on and on with stories of our adventures, however this is a food blog and I wanted to focus on our experience as two vegan travelers on another continent. Overall, we ate very well and didn’t have many issues. It just took a little effort.

I could tell you being prepared is key, however we were not really prepared for this trip. We didn’t have much time to spare with the wedding planning, so we kind of winged it, but it all worked out. A couple of tools we picked up along the way became very handy – our Lonely Planet guide book we picked up at the airport, and an English/Spanish speaking stranger we met who wrote out a list of “no’s” of what we do not eat as vegans. The guide book listed some vegetarian restaurants and Spanish phrases, and the list clearly defined what we didn’t want to consume in our meals. The list went as follows – no queso, no leche, no huevos, no mantequilla, no carne, no pollo, no pescado. Now try to repeat that one! In Ecuador, meat means only pork or beef – chicken is chicken, and fish is fish. They also don’t know the term dairy, so you have to list cheese, butter, and milk. So it was good to be as clear as possible!

The airlines were an issue. But who ever has a good experience with airlines? We were not fed a single vegan meal as we requested. We ended up being so hungry on the way there that we broke down and ate a vegetarian meal with cheese and probably eggs. But we lived…although I will be sending an angry email to said airline very soon. We learned after this experience and brought a ton of snacks on each flight afterwards.

Eating in Ecuador was quite inexpensive! Our first meal we had was lunch, which only cost us $2.50 US each. We came across a vegetarian Asian restaurant not far from our hotel.

vegetarian restaurant sign

vegan food platter

Not bad for $2.50 – cabbage slaw, rice, veggie mix, soup, lentils, popcorn, and fresh juice!

vegan food platter variety of food

It was delicious and we were stuffed!

We went to the grocery store often to fill up on snacks. Ecuadorians do seem to like their meat, eggs and dairy, but it seemed they eat more variety and less processed foods than in Canada/USA.

bulk bins of legumes

vegan snacks from the grocery store

An example of one of the snack bounties we picked up – sweet potato and plantain chips, peanuts, dark chocolate.

When we visited the Galapagos Islands, we basically lived off a boat so we were served all our meals on the boat. We of course requested our vegan meals when we booked the trip, and they happily accommodated this. The chef did a great job and we ate a lot.

For breakfast it was always lots of fruit, toast with jam, granola, coffee and fresh juice. One of my favorite things about eating in Ecuador is that they always had fresh juice. It was so delicious! I never want to drink juice from a box again. Also, our dessert was always fresh fruit. Here is a fruit salad we had for dessert:

fruit salad

Here are some more of the meals we ate on board the boat:

vegan soup

vegan plate of food

Rice, veggie/potato mix, salad with cucumber and hearts of palm, fried potato & onion patty (so yummy!)

soup with greens

vegan food plate including plantains

Plantains, cabbage salad with avocado, potato cake with peanut sauce, rice

vegan food plate with beets

avacado salsa salad

A part of one of my fav meals on the boat. This avocado tasted marinated in lime juice or maybe in the salsa itself. The whole thing was tasty and filling.

Okay, I just had to share a pic of a visitor to our boat (we also got to snorkel with them and I love these creatures!)

sea lion

And now eats in Quito:

fresh fruit plate

fresh pineapple juice

Fresh pineapple juice, YUM!

bread with jam

Fresh bread and jam. They also have amazing jam flavors in Ecuador!

Manatial Vegetarian Cuisine restaurant sign

We made a couple visits here, their food was amazing!

fruit bowl with granola

Breakfast at Manantial – fruit bowl with granola, coffee with soy milk…

fresh blackberry and passionfruit juice

…and fresh blackberry and passionfruit juice!

spicy mushroom and zuchhini mix with garlic bread

More Manantial eats…this was sooo good! Appetizer – spicy mushroom and zuchhini mix with garlic bread.

salad, avocado, potato cakes, fried tofu, vegan chorizo sausage

My dinner pick: salad, avocado, potato cakes, fried tofu, vegan chorizo sausage.

vegan burger plate

My hubby’s choice, vegan burger. It was wheat based, so probably seitan, and he said it was probably the best burger he’s had!

On to El Maple in Quito:

El Maple Vegetarian Food and Bar restaurant

vegan burrito

Vegan burrito. They removed the cheese and topped it with this red sauce instead. Yum!

vegan burger

My husband said this wasn’t as good as it looked, unfortunately.

And now on to Otavalo, a more rural city about 2 hours outside Quito.

Deli Cafe Restaurant

vegan nachos

These were awesome nachos loaded with good stuff!

vegan burrito

Bean burrito filled with mostly the same thing as the nachos had.

guacamole nachos

The best guacamole I’ve ever had!

Our hostel just outside Otavalo was amazing. If you ever go here, I highly recommend staying here at the Hosteria Rose Cottage. Some reasons:

Rose Cottage Hosteria sign

priviate cabin

Our cozy little accommodations at Rose Cottage. Not your typical hostel!

hammocks with a mountain view

Beautiful, peaceful place to chill.

view at Hosteria Rose Cottage

baby black cow

One of the friends hanging around the hostel.

We showed up to Hosteria Rose Cottage with no reservation. They didn’t speak much English but happily cooked us vegan dishes that were wonderful! We only got a couple nights there but wished we could have stayed for weeks.

Wow, that was quite the post! I hope you all enjoyed it and I hope it will help you eat wonderful vegan food when you travel.

9 responses

  1. Looks like you had a fantastic time and you even found some delicious vegetarian restaurants, I’m jealous! When I went I wasn’t with fellow vegetarians so often made do with wherever we happened to be. You’re right, the fresh juices and jams there are so good!

    Sorry to hear about the issues with the airlines, but at least the rest of the trip made up for it :)

  2. Hi! I know this is a long time after your post but I found your site searching vegan Ecuador and I was wondering if you remember the name of the boat you took to the Galapagos? I’m traveling there next year with my husband and I wanted to find a boat that wouldn’t mind cooking vegan for me.
    Thanks for a great post, we’re thinking of visiting Quito as well so those restaurant suggestions will be very helpful!

    • Hi there, thanks for your comment. I’m glad you found the post helpful! That’s so exciting you’re planning on visiting the Galapagos, it was a wonderful experience. We booked our Galapagos tour through G Adventures, and I really recommend them. http://www.gadventures.com/ You can request vegan meals upon booking, and make sure you remind them as soon as you get on the boat. You may have to be specific about what a vegan does not eat and there is potential for a bit of a language barrier. So just something to prepare for. The tour and food was great so I hope this helps in your planning!

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