I believe that Peruvian cuisine rivals the better known, French, Italian,
Chinese, and Mexican cuisines in the quality and variety of dishes and
the expression of the sauces.

Like all of our cruises, our cuisine can be customized to be as comforting
or as adventurous as you wish. Every meal that has a culinary challenge
also has either a homemade pasta or a big bowl of rich delicious chicken
soup like grandma used to make, a homemade drink or fresh squeezed
juice, a crisp fresh salad, real butter, peanut butter, a tropical jam, and
a piece of chocolate.

Operating out of Iquitos Peru provides us an opportunity to blend the
potatoes, sauces, and spices from the Andes with the amazing natural
resources of the Amazon to make our unique but authentic Dawn on the
Amazon culinary adventure.
Most important is for you to
enjoy your adventure, to have an
unforgettable experience, and to
share your story with family and
friends for years to come.

Sample Menu

The menu below was used for a
7 day cruise to Pacaya Samiria
National Reserve on August 10th
to the 16th. Different months
will have different ripe tropical
fruits and juices depending on
availability. Some cruises have a
different fresh squeezed tropical
fruit juice every day.
Dorado Catfish steamed with tomatoes, onions, sweet
peppers, garlic, and ginger.
Herbed rice.
Palm heart, tomato, and avocado salad dressed with lemon
juice, and olive oil.
Cocona sauce (made from a citric tropical fruit that goes
with fish). One bowl of cocona sauce is mild and one is
with charapita hot peppers.
Fresh Camu Camu juice. Camu Camu has the highest
vitamin C content of any substance on earth.
Whole wheat and white bread, real butter, jam, cheese.
Dinner:
Frittata with vegetables and cheese.
Aji Dulce (a local sweet pepper with a sweet smoky flavor)
stuffed with a mixture of boiled palm heart, cheese,
raisins, spices.
Aji Mirasol (a hot pepper) stuffed with bread crumbs,
bacon, cheese, and raisins.
Regional lettuce salad with Brazil nuts, onions, carrots,
tomatoes; dressed with vinaigrette.
Drink: boiled fresh apple juice with quinoa (an Andean
super grain prized by the Incas as the mother grain) and
cinnamon.
Whole wheat and white bread, real butter, jam, cheese.
Second Day:
Breakfast:
Brewed Peruvian coffee or tea.
Fresh Mango juice.
Fruits (chirimoyas, pepinos, bananas, apples).
Cereal of Andean grains, yogurt, milk.
Eggs and bacon cooked to order.
Whole wheat, and white bread or toast, real butter, jam,
cheese.
Lunch:
Chicken soup with wheat berries and vegetables.
Paca or majas (a nocturnal, fruit eating rodent) the best
meat in the jungle.
cooked with dried aji panca peppers.
Mashed yellow potatoes from the Andes.
Canario Beans.
Fresh Tumbo juice.
Chocolates.
Dinner:
Suri grubs stuffed with cheese and bacon in wine sauce.
Calabresa (spicy sausage) and marinated chicken pieces
skewered with onions and peppers, (brochetas).
Mashed and fried bananas (patacones).
Cucumber salad with lots of fresh basil, and tomatoes.
Rocoto (a hot pepper) and huacatay (a Peruvian herb) salsa.
Fresh squeezed lemonade.
Day three:
Breakfast:
Brewed Peruvian coffee or tea.
Fresh squeezed Mandarine orange juice.
Fresh tropical fruit salad.
Eggs and bacon to order.
Cereals, milk, yogurt.
Whole and white bread or toast, real butter, jam, cheese,
ham.
Lunch:
Andean Potato Salad with Ocopa sauce.
Brown rice, fried chicken a la plancha.
Cauliflower and broccoli with a creamy gravy sauce.
Drink: boiled cocona with cinnamon.
Dinner:
Homemade noodles with Pesto Sauce.
Escargot, made from giant land snails of the Amazon
Rainforest, cooked with ginger, sweet pepper, garlic, and
wine.
Whole wheat and white bread, real butter, jam, and cheese.
Drink: avena, made from wild oats, milk, sugar, cinnaman.
Day four:
Breakfast:
Brewed Peruvian coffee or tea.
Papaya Juice.
Tropical fruits.
Cereals, milk, yogurt.
Eggs and bacon cooked to order.
Whole wheat and white bread or toast, real butter, jam,
cheese.
Picnic lunch for excursion in small boat:
Chicken sandwiches with cucumbers and tomatoes.
Drink: taperiba, a tropical fruit juice.
Dinner:
Pumpkin cream soup with toasted bread crumbs.
Cecina (lean, dried, cured pork).
Sweet potatoes and yellow potatoes.
Salsa Criolla (Creole) and rocoto sauce.
Whole wheat and white bread, real butter, jam.
Fresh squeezed lemonade.
Day five:
Breakfast:
Brewed Peruvian coffee or tea.
Fresh pineapple juice.
Fresh tropical fruit salad.
Cereals, milk, yogurt.
Eggs and bacon to order.
Whole wheat and white bread or toast, peanut butter, real
butter, jam, cheese.
Lunch:
Chicken stew cooked with potatoes, and vegetables
(Estafado de Pollo).
Olive rice.
Lettuce salad, with tomatoes and avacados.
Fresh passion fruit juice.
Watermelon.
Dinner:
Duck soup, cooked with rice, vegetables, and beer.
Caiman nuggets fried (chicharrones).
Bananas, fried.
Salsa Criolla.
Drink: tapioca boiled with milk, sugar, cinnamon.
Day six:
Breakfast:
Brewed Peruvian coffee or tea.
Fresh squeezed orange juice.
Watermelon.
Cereal, milk, yogurt.
Eggs and bacon to order.
Whole wheat and white bread or toast, real butter, peanut
butter, jam.
Lunch:
Inchicapi soup, the most special Peruvian soup, made from
fresh ground peanuts, corn meal, chicken broth, spices.
Fish, sweet peppers, tomatoes and cilantro, wrapped in
leaves and steamed in its own juices.
Wild fungus with onions, peppers, garlic, and cilantro,
wrapped in leaves and steamed.
Boiled sweet potatoes, and yellow potatoes.
Rocoto sauce and boiled cocona sauce.
Donuts, homemade.
Dinner:
Chicken with vegetables.
Brown rice.
Lettuce salad.
Whole wheat and white bread, real butter, jam, cheese.
Fresh passion fruit juice.
Day seven:
Breakfast:
Brewed Peruvian coffee or tea.
Fresh orange and pineapple juice.
Fresh tropical fruit salad.
Cereals, milk, yogurt.
Eggs and bacon to order.
Whole wheat, and white bread or toast, real butter, jam.
Picnic lunch for excursion in small boat:
Chicken sandwiches on whole wheat bread.
Cucumbers and tomatoes.
Sodas.
First day:
Lunch:
Our guests usually agree the Dawn on the Amazon menu is exciting,
and the amount of food is too much. Judy, our Peruvian grandmother
cook, takes pleasure in fattening you up. She not only practices North
American hygiene, she goes a step farther. All fruits and vegetables are
not just rinsed in pure water. They are rinsed and then soaked in pure
water and then rinsed again.

This is not a rice and beans and salted dried fish boat. Unlike most
other jungle programs you might have chosen, our guests do not come
back starved, smelling bad, or sick.

We do not force you to eat grubs or giant snails but we do encourage
you to try a bite so you can tell your friends back home about your
amazing culinary adventure with Dawn on the Amazon.

If you do not like fish, we cook something special just for you. If you
are a vegetarian, if you have a food allergy, if your religion or health
problems prohibit certain foods, please let us know in advance and we
will customize our menu to your special needs.
Doug and Tom at dinner on Dawn III
Dawn on the Amazon hors d'oeuvres
Dawn on the Amazon hors d'oeuvres