International Expeditions (IE), which specializes in small-group eco-travel, is literally adding flavor to many of its 2011 itineraries by including opportunities for guests to sample local fare. Guests will dine at Anh Tuyet's in Vietnam (a restaurant featured on The Travel Channel's "No Reservations"), work alongside local women to prepare traditional Jordanian dishes, and engage in an exclusive sunset meal at the International Miraflores Restaurant overlooking the Miraflores Locks while on a Panama tour. Travelers on the Amazon River cruise regularly dine on fish and fruit purchased from villagers during daily excursions while aboard the 28-guest La Amatista riverboat, and even learn to cook piranha as well as traditional Peruvian favorites.
Get a close look at Peruvian cuisine in the video below:
Sampling local food and culture is only one aspect of IE's itineraries to Latin America, Africa and beyond. Each journey is crafted to offer an in-depth look at nature, history and wildlife, and is led by knowledgeable native expedition leaders and naturalists. IE is committed to preserving natural habitats and improving the welfare of the communities it visits. This mission is reflected in the conservation, education and community-service projects IE supports in Peru, Laos, East Africa, India and the Galapagos Islands.