Stroll through local mercados in Bolivia, and you’ll find bazaars that lay the groundwork for some of South America’s broad culinary palette. Try international ethnic restaurants for a wide variety of dishes, many of which date back to pre-Columbian times. Explore little known food and wine countries and get closer to the local way of life in the heart of South America.
The Bolivian cuisine is rooted in a variety of cultural backgrounds and a mix of Spanish and native flavors, available produce and cooking styles. In this special trip, you will find local favorites varying from region to region, even within cities. Being a land-locked country with little immigration, these distinctively unique flavors are worth trying.
2019 - 2020 Departure Dates & Costs
Tastes of Bolivia (8 day)
Daily departure based on 2 or more persons
Tour cost: TBA
Tours of Exploration is offering this new gourmet tour as Bolivia’s celebrates its culinary development by sourcing ingredients only from within its borders.We have crafted an eight-day experience for adventurous food-lovers to explore Bolivia’s little-known wine-growing regions, the vast salt flats at Uyuni and the high Andes plains where the super-grain quinoa has been cultivated for centuries.
Begin your trip in the lowlands for the distinctively unique flavors of Amazonian foods and cultures. Visitors then tour the vibrant markets of the central valleys and high-altitude capital La Paz, which present unique culinary challenges in order to adapt to an atmosphere where water boils at just 80 degrees Celsius. The journey rounds off with a spectacular 15-serving meal at Gustu, the centerpiece of the non-profit Melting Pot Foundation, which aims to train local chefs and develop employment opportunities for local young people.
Day 1: Arrive Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia. Explore the Amazon side of Bolivia
Day 2: Fly to Tarija, Bolivia’s wine region
Day 3: Tarija – visit to wine producers and the wine region
Day 4: Tarija – Uyuni flight, visit to salt producer and quinoa plantations
Day 5: Desert Safari – with overnight in the middle of the Altiplano
Day 6: Flamingos and Lagoons – overnight at a Salt Hotel in Uyuni Salt Flats
Day 7: Flight Uyuni – La Paz
Day 8: La Paz – explore local markets & end the day with a 15-serving dining experience at an ethnic restaurant
In addition to trying the exotic foods of Bolivia, our selected team of chefs are at hand to give you a crash course in Bolivian cooking.
Tours of Exploration can provide extended culinary stays in Bolivia and the surrounding countries, using our local knowledge to enable visitors to delve into and experience the real Latin America.