The fruit tour is a private experience that will engage you with the vast diversity of food, geography and cultural practices of Colombia in just one place: the Paloquemao Plaza, the only market in the world where you can find up to 67 different fruits!
An expert guide, who has worked with the market community since 2015, will connect you with farmers and merchants so that you can learn about their family businesses and community projects such as "Back to the plaza" and "Hello my friend." These initiatives were created to promote employment and the learning of a second language learning among the market’s community members.
We recommend you do not have breakfast - or at least a small one - because you will begin the experience by trying different types of bread and pastries prepared by local cooks and then you’ll walk through the stalls of flowers, plants, and handicrafts and will learn about the medicinal, gastronomic and esoteric uses of herbs and condiments. After stopping at each area of the produce section, you’ll sit down to try a banquet of 20 exotic fruits from different regions of the country. While tasting these delicious fruits, you’ll hear about Colombia’s history, present and future from the perspective of the merchants.
After you've had your fill, you’ll learn about the importance of cleaning, drying and storing the fruit seeds, as well as get some tips for eating healthier, organic and diverse. Finally, you will give a toast for Colombia, the world's fruit reserve, in an exclusive tasting of refreshing juices and fruit extracts.
You'll eat a lot on the tour! We recommend that you arrive on an empty stomach.
How this tour creates an impact
Our partner for this tour works directly with the shop owners and vendors at Paloquemao Market. In addition to developing special connections between them and travelers, she holds English workshops and employment projects for the vendors. These initiatives allow the shop owners and vendors to offer unique and personal experiences to travelers and create a sustainable work environment at Paloquemao.
This tour is part of our HEART experiences.
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This experience can be cancelled up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
It is hard to capture how impactful, fun and informative this trip was. I was soooo looking forward to it and i was not disappointed. I took this trip with my teens and it was super for all of us. Our guide Mar Jo was so passionate and full of great energy… we all instantly loved her. Our trip around the market with various samplings was such an adventure! We sat down with a tray of gorgeous fruit and learned about them as we sampled. She left us with such a lovely adage that we are still conscious of as we arrived home- Our world can only be as diverse as the food on our plate. Love love love
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