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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).

Trip Reviews

  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 947 reviews)

    Whoa! What an incredible trip!

    There aren't any words that could properly prepare you for what is in store. Patagonia was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

    Cynthia was an amazing guide, she took such good care of us! She routinely went above and beyond to ensure we were safe, happy, healthy and well fed. What a gem she was! And on top of being great at her job, she's just an awesome person, fun, smart, flexible, just the kind of person you want touring you around the edge of the earth for 2 weeks.

    The trip itself was absolutely breathtaking. No photo could do that place justice. The W trail was an amazing hike full of ever changing views (and lots of wind!). Definitely, pay the extra to do the Grey Glacier hike! It was a trip highlight!

    Get ready to take your jacket on and off more in one day than you would over the course of a month back home :) Everything they say about the weather is true. You are at the mercy of the elements, but for the most part, we lucked out with weather (and when we didn't Cynthia always had a plan B).

    I'm so glad we did this! We will definitely be touring with Active again. Those folks do a stellar job of setting you up for an exciting adventure.
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    – Washington, United States
    Condor, December 2016
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 947 reviews)

    Condor 2018

    This IS the trip of a lifetime! The itinerary is excellent, including the highlights of Patagonia and more! Trip logistics are well planned and expertly executed. Our guide, Arturo was one step ahead at all times and clearly has developed relationships with all hotels, refugios, restaurants and especially our local guides, creating incredible, seamless travel. The local guides, Cem (Jim) on the W Trek, Christian in El Chaltan, our drivers and specific activity guides were all excellent and willing to share their knowledge and love for their countries. This trip was FUN, Arturo is fun and all the new friends we met on our trip were fun!!!
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    – Maine, United States
    Condor, March 2018
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 947 reviews)

    Trip to remember

    Active Adventures, Arturo and local guides have done a great job making sure Patagonia trip experiences become memories of a lifetime for Natalie and I. The trip had it all - great sightseeing, strenuous hiking, biking, kayaking, hiking on a glacier, accommodations - simple to luxurious, great food... I only wish the weather would have been more cooperative. It was also great being part of a fun and easy going group... hopefully will see each other again on future Active trips!
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    – California, United States
    Condor, April 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 947 reviews)

    Condor Nov 16

    have used Active in NZ for Rimu trip and Condor trip lived up to expectations. It's some of the simple things like size of groups, quality of guides etc that make the difference for me. The sorting out of tips and meals just makes for an easy time as I travel for the trekking not the organising :-) good stuff active. Thanks
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    – Essex, United Kingdom
    Condor, December 2016
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 947 reviews)

    It rocked!

    Awesome group trip, especially from someone who likes to do it on their own. Guides, travel arrangements, ease of it all was incredible-- perfect.
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    – Florida, United States
    Condor, January 2017

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