Amazonian Gastronomy

Complementary Information


1st Module: Amazonian cuisine from indigenous communities


  • General context
  • The Amazon rainforest: general aspects.
  • The Peruvian Amazon and the Amazonian societies.
  • Indigenous cosmovisions.
  • Ecosistems, biodiversity and gastronomy.
  • The domestication of animals and plants.
  • Resource identification (areas and products).
  • Amazonian communities:
  • The bora
  • The aguarunas
  • The ashaninkas

2nd Module: Traditional Amazonian cuisine

  • General context (3 hours)
  • Migrations to the Amazon: from colonialism to our days.
  • Cities in the rainforest: Tarapoto, Pucallpa, Iquitos, Puerto Maldonado, etc.
  • Cultural characteristics of the cities in the Amazon jungle.
  • The great markets.
  • Consumption habits, identities and gastronomy.
  • External influences in the Amazonian culinary art.
  • Incorporating products and techniques from migration.
  • Equipment, tools, styles, implements and markets.
  • Preparations, techniques and recipes.
  • The world of coffee, chocolate and macerated ingredients.

3rd Module: Complementary activities

  • Amaz or Malabar restaurant: gastronomy concept application.
  • Collaborative Amazonian cuisine experience in Urban Kitchen.
  • Guided visit to the National Museum of Anthropology, Archaeology and History.
  • Support Group for the Rural Areas (PUCP): alternative coffee and cacao production.
  • Amazonian Center for Anthropology and Practical Application (CAAP) or Peruvian Amazonian Research Institute (IIAP).

4th Module: Field trip to Iquitos

  • Visit to the Amazonian Studies Center.
  • Expert guided visit through the Iquitos’ Botanical Garden.
  • Gastronomy experience in local restaurants.
  • Belen Market: contact with Amazonian product providers.
  • Gastronomy experience with native cooks.

Course offered in association with the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú


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Brochure 2018

Lima – Iquitos.

Time period:

4 weeks.

Session Dates:

June 25 and July 26, 2018.

Number of hours:

180 hours.


6 credits.

Language of Instruction:



Pedro Schiaffino

Dr. Fernando Roca