Rich flavours, seafood delicacies and delicious cocktails are at the tip of Latin Americas gastronomical peak.
Famous for velvety red wines, succulent steak and ‘mate’ (a hot drink which is favoured by the locals), Argentina is a true foodie heaven and an excellent place to begin a gastronomy inspired tour of the continent. Experiencing a traditional asado is essential, as is a wine tasting tour of the stunningly located vineyards surrounding Mendoza. The devilishly naughty submarino chocolate drink and sweet alfahores biscuits are other regional highlights. In Brazil, with its generally more tropical climate and larger coastline, the food takes inspiration from the nearby Caribbean and dishes such as seafood stews and mixed bean salads are commonplace alongside traditional BBQ style restaurants known as churrascarías, all of which are often complimented by a side of the locals favourite; pão de queijo (cheesy bread)! No trip to Brazil would be complete without sampling the nation’s favourite drink – the caipirinha, a sweet and sour cocktail made from the sugar cane extract, cachaça – ideal for sipping whilst enjoying the sunset. Peru’s capital city Lima has blossomed into a fine dining, internationally recognised mecca for world class chefs. Fresh ceviche is rarely better anywhere in the world, and beef based classics such as lomo saltado and rocoto relleno are found countrywide alongside the popular grain quinoa, which is often used in soups. For those wishing to truly immerse themselves in the Andean culture of Peru, there are regular chances to eat cuy (guinea pig) and alpaca steaks washed down with the pisco sour – a tasty little cocktail of Peruvian invention. All this plus the delicious lamb of Patagonia, the fresh coffee of the stunning Coffee Region in Colombia and the tasty snack size empanadas that are sold as street food in almost every city and town, there is no denying that this vast continent will cater to every taste bud.