Heritage not only relates to the concept of a tangible or intangible treasure, it also involves the live manifestations of culture, local customs and traditions. To the Amazonian ethnic groups, eating a meal has a deeper meaning than just consuming food to meet nutritional needs. It is the ritual of sharing the gifts of mother Earth that makes the experience truly transcendent.
Traditionally, men are the ones in charge of the haunting and fishing; while women, who according to local cosmovision have a profound connection with Mother Earth, take care of the preparation of the banquette using elements which have been carefully selected and transformed into a delightful meal, enjoyed by the members of the tribe as well as their visitors.
The Amazonian cultures keep great respect for elders; due to the great wisdom passed on from generation to generation through time. The younger members of the tribe take advantage of gatherings where food and drinks are served, since these make a perfect occasion for the wise elders to share their ancient knowledge related to medicinal and nutritional properties of various types of fruits, leaves and roots. The ingredients used in Amazonian cuisine are exotic and harvested locally; unique dishes like Maito, made from fresh water fish and yucca, are greatly appreciated for their exquisite taste and nutritional value.
Learn about the culture and traditions of the Amazonian gastronomy by participating on cooking lessons on board the Anakonda, included in tours of 5 and 8 days to the Yasuni National Park. Learn firsthand from a professional Chef, the art of the most popular dishes from local cuisine while enjoying the most breathtaking views of the Ecuadorian jungle.