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Food on the Trek

Food : Food

The primary ingredients found in nearly every Peruvian dish are rice, potatoes, chicken, pork, lamb and fish. Most of these meals include “aji”, or better known as a Peruvian hot pepper. They vary in colour from yellow red, including the famous red rocoto pepper

Today, more than 2,000 varieties of potato can be found in the Cusco region. They range in color from purple to blue, and yellow to brown. Sizes and textures vary as well. Some are as small as nuts, others can be as large as oranges and in the highland region they process the potatoes by dehydrating them.

All food is prepared from fresh ingredients, that are purchased in the Cusco local market. Everything is transported by the porters, and then prepared by the chef. We do not use any canned or rehydrated food. It is all fresh, healthy and delicious!

Do you have special dietary needs? No problem! We cater to vegetarians, vegans and any food allergies.

How about the water? We take tap water from each campsite and boil it for 15 minutes, so it is safe for you to drink. There is plenty of water provided during each trek, but you will only need to carry enough water to get you to the first lunch stop. You can refill your bottles at breakfast, lunch and dinner.

You will be well fed during any of our Adventure Treks. Food will be provided five times a day, beginning with a big breakfast, a snack, a tremendous lunch, an afternoon tea (happy hour), and finally dinner.

Our breakfast selection included:

  • Pancakes with caramel drizzle that represented a series of ancient geoglyphs located in the Nazca lines Desert (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) in southern Peru.
  • Thick oatmeal with large fresh chunks of sweet apples.
  • Andean Chuta Bread (traditional bread baked in colonial ovens)
  • Omelets stuffed with peppers, celery, carrots, radishes and cheese

Our snack pack included:

Following our daily breakfast, our chefs prepared little care packages for us to take along our journey to snack on. These little packages came in handy when you just need a little pick me up before continuing on your journey.

  • Bananas
  • Chocolate Bars, Sublime (I highly recommend you stock up on these to take home with you)
  • Candies – think Jolly Ranchers
  • Mandarin Oranges
  • Granola Bars
  • Apples
  • Juice

Our lunch selection included:

After hiking for sometimes 4 hours before a full meal, our lunches always had a great balance of just enough protein and the quantity control (never wanted to be so full you just felt like sleeping). Our chefs came up with some excellent dishes including:

  • Asparagus Cream Soup
  • Quinoa Soup
  • Vegetable Soup
  • Peruvian Chicken Salad
  • Native Peruvian Potato Chili with Rice & Spinach Cake
  • Chicken Rolls
  • Vegetable Salads
  • Russian Salads

After lunches, we continued our hike along the trail for sometimes 4 more hours before reaching camp. After settling into our tents (and cleaning ourselves up), we enjoyed traditional teatime that happened at 5pm and instantly put us in a relaxing mood. These teatime sessions included:

  • An assortment of teas (Coca, Anis, Manzanilla, Te Puro)
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Coffee
  • Freshly baked cookies
  • Crackers with marmalade, honey and butter
  • Chicken Rolls
  • Crispy Wontons

Our Dinner selection included:

Our final culinary experience of the day would come at dinnertime with various wonderful three-course meals. Nestled in their tent, our talented team of chefs would compile the following dishes with only an aid of a flashlight and a minimalist propane torch.

  • Potato Soup
  • Rice and Vegetable Soup
  • Andean Corn Soup – more like a chowder
  • Steamed trout in a mushroom sauce served with garden vegetables
  • Lightly fried chicken with fresh cut potato chips
  • Stir-fried noodles with mushrooms and steamed kale
  • Apple and Cinnamon Pudding
  • Chocolate Cake and Pudding
  • Gelatin (yes, Jello in the middle of the mountain range!)