Native Foods

Local jungle dishes worth a try include patarashca, a steamed river fish wrapped in banana leaves; timbuche, a thick soup made with local fish; and tacacho, or bananas cooked over coals and served with fried pork and chopped onions. Locals also eat motelo (turtle soup served in its shell) and muchangue (turtle eggs with steamed bananas), but, given that river and sea turtles are endangered species protected by Peruvian law, it seems especially criminal for gringos to indulge this custom. Mazato is a local beverage of fermented yuca, bananas, and milk.

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