What will you eat on a Galapagos cruise?

Feb 28, 2018

Although the Galapagos Islands are situated in the heart of the mid-Pacific Ocean, around 1,000 kilometers from the main landmass of South America, they belong to Ecuador. Which means that much of the food you will come across in the Galapagos is influenced by Ecuadorian cuisine.

That means that although you’re geographically far from the Andes, the vast mountain range still plays its part in what reaches your table. Potatoes, which originate in the high Andes, form the staple part of most food in the region. But as well as this you will have grains and vegetables.

However, these being islands surrounded by a colossal body of water, fish, and seafood is an extremely important part of the diet. Fish, shrimp, and yuca are found in abundance and often served in traditional style. One dish that you simply have to try on your Galapagos cruises is ceviche. Rapidly becoming popular in Europe and the US, this dish consists of fish or shrimps cooked in citrus juice and marinated with onions. Another dish you have to try is encebollado, a very tasty fish stew/soup.

You are also well advised to try the local fresh lobsters as well as the infamous sea cucumbers. These are very particular to the islands, with several species only being found in the clean and clear waters. It forms a vital part of the marine ecosystem and helps to maintain the food chain balance. They are also very tasty even if they can look a little unusual when brought out of the water.
 

Of course, on Galapagos custom vacations aboard quality yachts, you will have an onboard chef to cater to your needs. If you have any dietary requirements or are interested in trying some local delicacies then have a word with your crew when you board.

On the four inhabited islands, there are also some excellent restaurants you can visit. Try El Chocolate or La Garrapata on Santa Cruz Island for a delicious dinner.

On Galapagos cruises, it’s also recommended to try and sample some of the fruits and vegetables that are brought from the mainland. These include naranjillas, blackberries, passion fruits and guanabana.

Food is varied and exciting on Galapagos cruises, as you would expect from a top of the range holiday experience. With plenty of traditional and global cuisine available, your culinary experience will be as enjoyable as the rest of your adventure.
 

Take a look of these tour programs:

1. Peru Tour: Cusco, Sacred Valley and Arequipa Tour
2. Wildlife Tour: Amazon Cultural tour
3. Galapagos Land Tour: Nine days Galapagos Tour
4. Galapagos Cruise Itinerary:  Seven Days Luxury Boat Western Islands Expedition
5. Central Islands Itinerary: Amazing Nine Days East & Central Islands Boat Journey

Andre Robles
Andre Robles
Andre Robles is an expert in everything South America, his passion for the region and exploring off the beaten path makes his travel writing both useful and interesting. He has written for several mainstream publications and you can read his guides on Ecuador, Peru, the Galapagos Islands and the Amazon. Andre is also an accomplished photographer and has been recognized as one of the best wildlife photographers in the region, his photos have been featured in National Geographic and other journals. As a travel agent Andre specializes in curating unique experiences, crafting tailor made itineraries and helping visitors make the best of their vacation, always putting the experience first
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