Eat, Drink, and be Merry

A common question that we get from volunteers is, 'What will I be eating while I'm in Ecuador?" We have delivered and put together a helpful list of common meals that you will be eating while in country!

1. Meat, rice, beans and vegetables

 This will be a staple meal for lunch. There will be lots of food to choose from and a good variety if you're a picky eater!

This will be a staple meal for lunch. There will be lots of food to choose from and a good variety if you're a picky eater!

2. Cuy

 Cuy is an Ecuador delicacy and is served at many nicer restaurants. One cuy can be about $20! Don't be afraid, it tastes like chicken!

Cuy is an Ecuador delicacy and is served at many nicer restaurants. One cuy can be about $20! Don't be afraid, it tastes like chicken!

3. Chocolate bread and other pastries.

 There are a couple of bakeries down the street from the volunteer home. Most breads are around a quarter and just heaven on earth. We recommend the chocolate bread!

There are a couple of bakeries down the street from the volunteer home. Most breads are around a quarter and just heaven on earth. We recommend the chocolate bread!

4. FRUIT...lots of fruit!

 There will always be a variety of fruit in the kitchen for the volunteers to eat. Several of the staples include bananas, star fruit, mangoes, melon, papaya and many others!

There will always be a variety of fruit in the kitchen for the volunteers to eat. Several of the staples include bananas, star fruit, mangoes, melon, papaya and many others!

5. Fruit Juice

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6. Chatos

 I wish we could make you fully understand the magic that is chatos. Chatos is a local food stand in Cuenca that sells dessert kebabs. They pile on fruit, marshmallows, brownies and coat the whole thing in chocolates. Chatos is the #1 thing talked about by the volunteers. Don't hesitate, just buy 10 your first day.

I wish we could make you fully understand the magic that is chatos. Chatos is a local food stand in Cuenca that sells dessert kebabs. They pile on fruit, marshmallows, brownies and coat the whole thing in chocolates. Chatos is the #1 thing talked about by the volunteers. Don't hesitate, just buy 10 your first day.

7. Treats

 There will be vendors all over the city and lucky for you, some of those include treats. If you are not wanting to brave the street food, you can shop at the local mall and get packaged treats (The really good chocolate is cheaper than Hershey Bars!)

There will be vendors all over the city and lucky for you, some of those include treats. If you are not wanting to brave the street food, you can shop at the local mall and get packaged treats (The really good chocolate is cheaper than Hershey Bars!)

8. Pizza! Yes, pizza!

 Tutto Freddos is a volunteer favorite! Tutto Freddos is a very nice pizza restaurant in downtown Cuenca. We recommend getting Fiora Vanti (soda) to wash it down! 

Tutto Freddos is a volunteer favorite! Tutto Freddos is a very nice pizza restaurant in downtown Cuenca. We recommend getting Fiora Vanti (soda) to wash it down!