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Maito fish fillet

Maito fish fillet

Fusion of flavor and aroma


The maito is part of the cultural identity of the Amazon. Its shape comes from ancient gastronomy in which dishes wrapped in leaves of Amazonian plants were popular.

Useful Data

The region Located to the northeast of the Amazon region, its capital is tena. This region is part of the Sumaco National Park and Antisana Ecological Reserve.

Weather He is characterized by average temperatures of 22° C to 26 ° C relative humidity 93% above average.


It’s a wrap of Pre-hispanic origin, with river fish (catfish, bocachico, tambaqui, pintadillo) wrapped in bijao, banana, palms or shiguango leaves tied in with a natural fiber and cooked in firewood.

For its preparation we use products grown by the Chagramamas (the farm woman) like cassava, banana, ticazo, garabato yuyo, chontacuro, Chinese potato, white cocoa and chili or legs uchu, which compliments the dish.

The wrap technique has been used since ancient times in the Amazon, to facilitate the preparation in the days of fishing and hunting. This technique allows to merge the scents of the ingredients and the wrapped leaves, giving a unique flavour. This dish can be found in traditional restaurants in the province.

Fish fillet wrapped in bijao leaves, served with cassava, palmito and garabato yuyo.

Maito fish fillet

Traditional drink

Guayusa tea This drink has an ancestral link to Amazonian nationalities. It’s preapared with native tree of guayusa leaves with lemon, sugar or brown sugar.

Maito fish fillet

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