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Best Ecuador Dishes

Ecuadorian cuisine is diverse, varying with altitude, and associated agricultural conditions. Beef, chicken, and seafood are popular in the coastal regions and are typically served with carbohydrate-rich foods, such as rice accompanied with lentils, pasta, or plantain.

Remember there is way more dishes related to the Ecuadorian culture but we wanted to present what we think are the most important ones.

Ceviche

This cold soup will delight your taste buds! Embellished with onions, fresh herbs it is often composed of seafood like shrimp, octopus etc. Very famous on the coast, it is also found in other regions of Ecuador with a slightly different version. The ceviche can be accompanied with corn or banana chips.

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Cuy

The famous grilled guinea pig.. This is not a myth! Ecuadorians actually eat it, often barbecued and served with vegetables. This dish comes from an indigenous tradition still perpetuated today. The “Cuy” is more consumed in little towns and villages but very little in the big cities. Its appearance may be a little weird and many people say its taste is quite similar to chicken while others mention that its taste to something “different”.  It’s up to you to make up your own mind … Do you dare?

best ecuador dishes

Pastel de Maracuya

This exotic fruit typical of South America is suitable for everyone! In cheesecake, or without artifice, this fruit tasted in all ways! It is also known as the fruit of passion … Its taste both sweet and tart will delight many!

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Empanadas

The empanada can be enjoyed at any time! In salty or sweet version there is always a good time to your taste! The empanadas can be made out of cheese or meat; or if you don´t have anything to fill them with you can make them empty empanada “Empanada de Viento” You can make them yourself or buy them directly from street vendors. They cook them under your eyes and you will not be able to resist the smell!

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Hornado de Chancho

Another way to taste pork. The meat is eaten roasted, juice and in a very tasty marinade! This is the way to present this dish that makes it so unique. The pork is served in a tray, the head is visible as well as the whole body. The meat is cooked in its juice and becomes very tender. When the skin, it is perfectly grilled, crisp and leaves a little sweet taste thanks to the marinade!

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Patacones, chifles ..

Plantain is consumed in all its forms in the countries of South America but especially in Ecuador! In chips like “chifles” or “patacones” you will discover many ways to taste the banana! This dish holds an important place in Ecuadorian daily life and it can be eaten with any kind of dressing.

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Canelazo

This hot drink will surely make you think of a “hot punch”! It is actually an  hot beverage made from cane sugar, rum and cinnamon: hence its name. Very popular in Ecuador during cold nights, this specialty will warm you up!

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Dulce de Higos

This very typical dessert from Ecuador perfectly combines fig and cheese! The candied figs are accompanied by local cheese to reduce the feeling of sugar in the mouth! If, and only if you have some room left at the end of your meal, let yourself be tempted by this dessert like no other.

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Arroz con Menestra y Carne Frita

This is the typical dish par excellence! Who has never eaten for his “almuerzo”! This dish is made of rice, meat or chicken and a sauce made from lentils or beans. Ecuadorians love it and that makes sense. This dish is simple but consistent and full of flavors! You can add a little “aji” or hot sauce!

best ecuador dishes

Top Most Seen Amazon Animals

The Ecuadorian Amazon is considered the most biodiverse place on Earth and every day countless people flock here to discover the astonishing wildlife that lives deep within the Amazon rainforest. The Amazon is filled with jungle animals and river animals and countless other beings that reside inside the depths of the rainforest.

We put together a list of the most common Amazon rainforest animals that you might run into on your Amazon rainforest tour. Now you’ll know just exactly what to expect on your trip to the diverse Amazon rainforest.

This is our Top Most Seen Amazon Animals

Hoatzin

This bird sticks close to streams and lagoons in the Amazon basin. The Hoatzin is nicknamed “The Stinky Turkey” because of its foul odor. Hoatzins only eat leaves which are often hard to digest so they have adapted over the years. Hoatzins break down and ferment leaves in their stomach which is the cause of this foul odor. This might be the smelliest animal in all of the Amazon rainforest.

Top Most Seen Amazon Animals

Toucans

Toucans are one of the most stunning animals in the whole Amazon rainforest. These magnificent birds have a colorfully patterned coat and a long curved bill that helps them reach fruits and other foods. With a little luck, you’ll see a common species of Toucans in the Amazon rainforest called the White Throated Toucan or the smallest species of Toucans, the Aracaris.

Top Most Seen Amazon Animals

Parrots & Macaws

  • These birds, along with Toucans, are one of the most represented Amazon animals. Their beauty is beyond compare. Parrots and Macaws are very colorful and come in all sizes. A couple are:
  • Parakeets – the smallest parrots
  • Parrots and Macaws – the biggest

Top Most Seen Amazon Animals

Herons & Egrets

  • Herons and Egrets are the most common types of birds in water habitats of the Amazon. There are many species of them in plenty of different sizes and colors. A few examples are:
  • The Cocoi Heron – the largest Heron
  • The Boat-Billed Heron –its long striking shaped beak is its signature identifier

Top Most Seen Amazon Animals

Monkeys

For many, monkeys are the highlight of a visit to the Amazon rainforest. Monkeys are the most closely related animal to humans and are found everywhere in the forest. With some luck you’ll cross the path of monkeys like the Pigmy marmoset, the smallest monkey in the tropics, or the Red Howler Monkey, loudest in all of the Amazon rainforest.

Top Most Seen Amazon Animals

Caimans

These might be the scariest Amazon river animal but don’t be afraid. If you remain at a distance, they do not attack. They fish in all water bodies of the rainforest. In a nocturnal expedition, you could possibly see the Black Caiman, the biggest species, or a Spectacled Caiman which is smaller but more common.

Top Most Seen Amazon Animals

Snakes

During a visit to the Amazon, you’re bound to run into a snake or two. There are loads of them in all different sizes. In some cases, you may even spot an anaconda.

Top Most Seen Amazon Animals

Tree Frogs

Water and humidity are a necessity for a frog’s life cycle, making the Amazon rainforest the perfect home for them. At dusk, you can hear roars of Tree Frogs calling. With a little bit of luck on a night hike, you can see many species of the Phyllomedusa Genus, the most beautiful kinds of tree frogs.

Top Most Seen Amazon Animals

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