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What to eat in Peru and Ecuador

If you are game, you'll have the opportunity to try some local specialties in Peru and Ecuador. There's no shortage of interesting options where we travel. Whether you're a vegetarian or a meat lover, there's something for everyone.

National dishes of Peru and Ecuador

accommodation and bar in Peru

Palta a la Reyna - avocado, stuffed with chicken salad. Great appetiser or light meal.
Palta a la Jardinera - avocado, stuffed with cold vegetable salad.
Sopa a la Criolla - a lightly spiced noodle soup with vegetables and/or beef, egg and milk.
Ceviche de Corvina - white sea bass marinated in lemon, chili and onions and served with a boiled sweet potato or yam. If any one dish is to be singled out as most typical of Peru, this is it.
Ceviche de Camarones - the same thing made with shrimp. These dishes are large appetisers or small meals.
Ceviche de Mariscos - mixed seafood ceviche.
Lomo Saltado - chopped steak, fried with onions, tomatoes and potatoes and served with rice. This is a standard dish served everywhere.

Traditional Andean food

table set up for lunch in peru

There are a few dishes in Peru and Ecuador that are typical of the Andes as opposed to national dishes. If you want something really Andean, try guinea pig, or cuy, an Inca delicacy.

Other typical dishes include rocoto relleno, spicy bell peppers stuffed with vegetables and/or beef. Other dishes include anticucho de corazon (shish kebab made from beef hearts), choclo con queso (corn on the cob with local cheese) and tamales (boiled corn dumplings filled with cheese or meat and wrapped in a banana leaf).

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    Awesome, Awesome, Awesome!

    The Condor trip with our tour leader, Zac, was AWESOME! Our W guide, Cem, was also exceptional. The two of them kept us at a great pace and kept us laughing. You're on this trip for the scenery, and it was breath-taking. A great one word description of the landscape is "rugged". This tour provides a nice balance of longer hiking days and shorter hiking days with just truly stunning scenery including Torres del Paine, French Valley, Grey Glacier, Perito Morano glacier, and Fitz Roy. Definitely do the ice hiking!
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    Amazing Adventure

    what an amazing adventure we had! we enjoyed every bit of our Jaguar trip and would recommend Active Adventures to anyone who asks! The trip was very well organized and the guides were all informative and amazing. Our main guide, Erick Farfan was the best! he always made sure everything ran smoothly and had to deal with many different personalities on this trip but made it all work. The Inka trail was a tough trail for me due to the altitude but what an amazing feeling once you complete it and arrive at the sun gate! We thoroughly enjoyed the jungle as well as the visit to lake titicaca and our local family that we stayed with. look forward to our next amazing adventure with you! Hoping to do Patagonia soon!
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    Patagonia at its Best

    This was a fantastic trip which was well planned with quality places to stay, eat, and view the wonders of Patagonia. The guides were all excellent and knowledgeable making the trip super informative. Other activities such as kayaking, glacier hike, and mountain biking added to the exploration of a very unique and diverse environment. The transportation from locations was very comfortable. The Patagonia of Chile and Argentina was stunning and the organization by Active Adventures created the perfect experience.
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