Chontacuro a delicacy from the Amazon Rainforest, Ecuador

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Chontacuro a delicacy from the Amazon Rainforest, Ecuador

Ecuadorian food is very varied due to the country´s  4 diverse regions, the equatorial line and the Andes cordillera.

This is why you can easily have a trip solely focused on gastronomy in the country.

Or eat something different for each meal!

Amazing, right?

Now, my intention is to make you see how in order to appreciate and fully learn about any destination and especially the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador you definitely have to taste the food.

Here I will share about one of the most traditional and at the same time exotic delicacies in Ecuador: chontacuro.




In this region, the traditions of the indigenous people living here create dishes rich in flavours and native ingredients.

So when you visit Pastaza or Napo provinces in Ecuador this is a must to fully embrace the experience.

Yes! we do!

We have tasted with my husband and would love for you to taste it.

After all this is what being adventurous means.

Keeping an open mind makes travelling so important for our growth!


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What is it and how is it prepared

This is a worm that lives in the palm of chonta and morete trees.

It can be served roasted or steamed, or how I just tasted them recently, fried.
These are the two ways I have eaten them and enjoyed them.  I will let you know the third one a bit later here.


What it tastes like

The truth is that we tasted chontacuro in Napo for the first time and it was steamed (pictured above), which made the texture of the worm more obvious and required some mindset work from my part. Luckily I am also a life coach so I did. My husband on the other hand, was the first one to eat the chontacuro, together with my dad! Good job!

But then, this month we where in Pastaza and had the opportunity to try it fried.

Did we like it?

Yes, actually more than steamed. It was almost like having chicharron or fried pork skin.

It was tasty!!



FacebookHow and where to eat it

Well, here you just have to get the chontacuro and eat it, alone or together with some other food.

Get your mind ready for this adventure and let your senses enjoy something new that will provide a great gastronomic experience you can only have while visiting the Amazon Rainforest of Ecuador.

I mentioned before there was a third option to eat them, and it is to get them raw or alive at the open air market Los platanos in Puyo.

Yes, I know that I call being brave!

That is how you can eat them even alive like our colleague did during this press trip!



Where to eat it in Pastaza

We had the opportunity to visit a wonderful restaurant in the city of Puyo offering tasty traditional dishes from the Amazon Rainforest or Amazon jungle, including maito, ants and fried chontacuro.

I can highly recommend visiting the restaurant Uchu Manka Puyo! I leave you their Facebook page where you find their address and contact information. Here you find the food you must-eat while you visit Pastaza! >>


Have you tasted other exciting dishes while visiting the Amazon Rainforest or during your visit to Uchu Manka in Puyo? Let me know here!


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