Staple foods in the highlands include potatoes, quinoa, fava beans, lupin beans, corn, and for special occasion’s guinea pig, hen, pork and lamb dishes are prepared. The trout is exceptional. There are a wide variety of aromatic herbs and spicy peppers used in many dishes and sauces. In jungle areas, fresh fruits, cocoa, coffee, fried plantains, and other vegetables are also common. You can find many of these products in the highlands due to proximity of the rainforest. Rice is very common, and is grown on the coast. Though vegetarians can be easily accommodated in all areas, options typically leave out the meat rather than adding vegetarian mainstays such as tofu, beans, or nuts, unless you go to a vegetarian restaurant, or a finer restaurant with vegetarian options.

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