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El envuelto de los Shuar

Morona Santiago

The shuar people maintain a traditional agricultural system, called aja shuar, cultivating plants used ancestrally for the preparation of dishes such as the ayampaco.

Useful Data

The region Located in the South-Center of the Amazon region, its capital is Macas. The Sangay National Park, declared as a World Natural Heritage by UNESCO, is located in this province.

Weather It has temperatures between 22 ° C and 32 ° C and average relative humidity higher than 86%.

Morona Santiago

It’s a wrap of pre-hispanic origin, present in the Center and South of the Amazon; to prepare it, the chicken or fish is placed on the bijao, banana, palm trees or shiguango leaves, and then species and Amazonian plants that provide different aromas are added, then the food is wrapped by bending the sides and the ends of the leaves, finally is tied it with a natural fiber and cooked in firewood. One option is to prepare it with other products rather than the originals, such as viscera or the popular Mukint (chontacuro).Served with cassava and hot guayusa.

It is a recipe from the ancient shuar gastronomy; with the passage of time, the technique of cooking in leaves has been adapted by the mestizo population of the 12 cantons. You can eat in restaurants and local food places in the province.

Envuelto de pollo o pescado (wrapped chicken or fish dish) on bijao leaves cooked with Amazonian vegetables and served with plantains or cassava.


Traditional drink

Chuchuguazo It’s a liqueur made with pure sugar cane liquor and macerated with bark of the chuchuguazo. It’s traditional of the Shuar nationality and medicinal benefits attributed to it.


Other typical dishes of the region

Maito fish fillet

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Fish Maito

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Casabe de yuca

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Caldo de corroncho

Caldo nutritivo de origen prehispánico. Una de las preparaciones consiste en condimentar el pescado y hervirlo hasta que se concentre su sabor, luego se añade maní y huevo; se sirve…