Bolivia travel is not complete without sampling some local cuisine, and you better be ready to bulk up with main dishes focused on meat, meat and a little more meat – with the occasional pastry or egg thrown in for good measure. Try llama, alpaca and guinea pig, add sides like potatoes and plantain, and top it all with some Llajhua spicy sauce. For beverages sip some Yerba Mate, dried peach drink, and local beer such as El Inca.

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Mains:

Meat and Potatoes

Beef, Chicken, Rabbit, Llama, Alpaca

Cuy (guinea pig)

Pique a lo Macho meat and potatoes in spicy sauce

Silpancho or Milanesa beet patty with fried egg

Chicharrón de chancho pork

Salteña empanada meat pastries

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Sides:

Potatoes, plantain, yucca

Chuño freeze-dried potatoes

Llajhua spicy sauce

 

Snacks:

Anticucho skewered beef hearts

Salchipapas sausages and potatoes

Choripan chorizo sandwich

Ch’arki llama jerky

Cuñape cheese roll

Coca leaves

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Dessert:

Budin de Coco (Coconut Pudding)

Espuma de Mango (Mango Mousse)

 

Beverages:

 

Yerba Matetea

Licuado fruit juice with water or milk

Vitaminico (fruits, milk, sugar, a shot of beer, egg is optional)

Mocochinchi dried peaches drink

ApiMorado purple corn drink

 

Beers:

Paceña, Huari, El Inca

 

Spirits:

Chicha fermented corn/maize drink

Singanigrape liquor (with Sprite or ginger ale and lime to make cocktail Chuflay or orange forYungueño cocktail)


Courtney Gahan is a serial expat, traveller and freelance writer who has bartered with Moroccan marketeers, seen the sun rise at Angkor Wat and elbowed her way through crowds on NYE in NYC

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