With the Amazon one of the most bio-diverse regions on earth, it probably comes as no surprise that some of the most delicious and exciting foods in the world can be found within its borders.
From super-nutritious acai berries to fruit-eating piranha, the Amazon jungle is full of exotic and intriguing foods, many of which can be sampled on an Amazon cruise.
Peruvian food is currently experiencing a boom in popularity with restaurants dedicated to the cuisine springing up in towns and cities around the world.
The cuisine of Peru is characterised by fusion and experimentation, with every new wave of immigrants adding their own unique flavour to the Peruvian cooking pot.
All of these new flavours are underpinned by ancient indigenous recipes and local ingredients, creating an exciting and delicious cuisine that’s a treat for the taste buds.
Though most Amazon cruises will offer a range of dishes, the staples of Peruvian cooking are potatoes, chilli and corn, and you’ll find these three ingredients in a lot of local meals.
If you join an excursion to a local tribe during your Amazon expeditions by riverboat, you may get to try some authentic jungle specialities like chicha, a traditional manioc based drink that is fermented in saliva.
In Brazil, the food on your Amazon tours by boat will probably include staple ingredients like manioc, pimenta or hot pepper sauce, and fresh water fish, straight from the river itself.
In general, Brazilian Amazonian cuisine has not been as heavily influenced by immigrants as their Peruvian neighbours and retains much of its indigenous flavour.
This can make for a very authentic and informative culinary experience, allowing passengers on an Amazon expedition cruises to get to know a country through its cuisine as well as its landscape.
The Ecuadorian Amazon is equally packed with exotic delights with an emphasis on fresh fruit, vegetables and meat. Like in Peru, the natives of the Ecuadorian Amazon use a lot of manioc in their cooking, turning it into pancakes, bread and alcohol.
Another fantastic part of any Amazon expeditions by riverboat, whether in Brazil, Peru, Ecuador or Bolivia is fresh fruit. Incredibly delicious and nutritious berries can be found across the Amazon region and passengers on board a jungle cruise are able to enjoy juices made from some of freshest and most nutrient-packed fruits in the world.
As well as traditional local dishes, all Amazon cruises will offer a range of international meals catering to all tastes and dietary requirements and giving passengers a fantastic culinary experience breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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