Eating my way through South America

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Dates 30 Dec '11 to 6 Apr '12

Flexible? Somewhat

Est. Cost 4,000 - 7,000 GBP (GBP United Kingdom Pounds)

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Name Eating my way through South America

Galapagos Islands > Peru > Bolivia > Brazil > Argentina ...

Jan - March 2012.

Eating my way through South America

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fijiaaron
fijiaaron If you see more of Ecuador than the Galapagos, I know some good places to eat. Steaks, Humitas, Locro de Papas, y Pizza
2 years ago
Noreen
Noreen Sounds amazing! I'm going to be in Quito for New Years Eve for a few days so if you have any tips that would be awesome!
2 years ago
fijiaaron

fijiaaron Well, there's a Brazilian steak house in Quito that's pretty good. It's somewhere between 10 de Agusto & Av. Amazones -- you walk down La Gasca and then -- ok, I don't know Quito.

There are a ton of international restaurants (including good Mongolian Grill) down by Los Alpes & I guess it's the old US Embassy. Find the McDonalds on Av. 6 de Deciembre and head east. A lot of language schools are in that area so if you're looking for the young hip international scene that's the place to be.

It turns out I don't really know Quito. I'm used to finding my way on foot and Google Maps is confusing me.

But in Cuenca, Ah!

El Mais has great food. Get the Locro de Papas (potato soup with Avacado) and laugh at their English translations on the menu (e.g. "To the fresh species"). You have to ask for mote but it's a great appetizer and their Aji is excellent. It's a big yellow house on the Calle Larga and run by a family. Nice older lady, a quiet formal younger waiter. I hear their cuy is good too.

El Jarin & El Jordan are two restaurants side by side on Calle Larga too with a sort of Mediterrenean twist. Great formal places with affordable, excellent steaks and a great view.

Everything else on Calle Larga is expat fare and overpriced drinks though. But if you're looking for the "scene" that's where it is in Cuenca.

La Parillada is an excellent Ecuadorian style grill in the newer downtown section.

2 years ago
fijiaaron
fijiaaron correction: El Jardin & El Jordan
2 years ago
fijiaaron
fijiaaron I can't forget to mention La Fornace. It's a fast food pizza place in Cuenca with 2 locations but it's fantastic.
2 years ago
Noreen
Noreen Thanks for the recommendations, they sound amazing! Can't wait to get out there now! Cheers!
2 years ago
AlisonK
AlisonK Hi! Looks like we have similar interests and timing. Check out my trip plans and perhaps we can meet up? Cheers, Ali
3 years ago
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Highlights

  • mendoza wine harvest festival
  • Carnival 2012
  • Salar de Uyuni
  • Inca Trail
  • Galapagos Islands

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  • Trekking & Hiking
  • Canoeing & Rafting
  • Bicycle Touring
  • Scuba & Snorkelling
  • Cultural Immersion
  • Food/Wine Touring
  • Wildlife & Ecology
  • Backpacking
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