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It may come as a surprise to some, but South America is fantastic for vegetarian food. However, outside the major cities, a meat-free diet is a little harder to stick by. As such, our vegan and vegetarian food tours are a highly recommended way to ensure you're not eating anything you'd rather avoid.

When travelling to any remote cities and villages, it may be easier to state you are allergic to eating meat, poultry and fish. Even if that statement isn't strictly true. This way, you avoid any confusion as to what is meant by vegan and vegetarian food, without having to explain your personal preferences. As, for example, saying you "don't eat meat", can be misinterpreted as meaning "red meat" and not including poultry.

Vegetarian Food in South America

Private food tours in South America are a good way to make sure your dietary needs are taken care of. Although it's always nice to have an idea of what is available during your visit. Especially when it comes to being selective over which vegetarian food in South America is available.


A good dish to try in Argentina is empanadas – they are fried or baked pies, like dumplings. They can be filled with spinach, onion and chilli sauce; which gives a really tasty flavour. If you are in a hurry, then this makes a good snack to eat along the way!

Another classic in Argentina is Humita - a traditional dish that is made up of corn, cheese, and onion, and seasoned with local spices and baked in a corn husk. Join our food and drink tours in Buenos Aires, you'll find many can be adapted for your culinary requirements. Although any queries, please make an enquiry before booking.


Brazilians do love their spicy meat dishes, but you can still find vegetarian snacks. A popular dish is Pao de Queijo - a small cheese bun made from tapioca and white cheese. It is delicious and crunchy on the outside, but soft on the inside. You can also choose to enjoy a sweet option served with guava jam, fruits and chocolate.


Food tours in Santiago, Chile, are definitely the best place to visit for vegetarian travellers. Most dishes in Chile don't contain meat and there is always a good selection. As with Argentina, you will find empanadas and humitas here, but done slightly differently. Although, the most popular and traditional dish is Porotos Granados, Chilean stew containing beans, pumpkin, corn, and cumin.


Peruvian cuisine is simply delicious. Potatoes appear in many of the traditional dishes. This is due to there being over 1000 different varieties in the Andes alone.

Papas a la huancaina – a Peruvian classic of boiled yellow potatoes served in a creamy sauce called huancaína. It is generally served cold with lettuce, black olives, white corn grains, and eggs.

Another great Peruvian dish is Tacu, which is made up of leftovers from the previous day and is made from boiled rice, beans or lentils, which are then mixed into a dough. These are particularly tasty dishes to sample while on vegan and vegetarian food tours in Lima, the capital of Peru.


There are lots of specific international vegetarian dishes to choose from in the larger Colombian cities such as Bogota, Medellin, and Cartagena. A tasty snack is arepa; a small tortilla that is made from corn flour. If you love a good breakfast, Colombians eat Changua – rather like a soup that is made from milk, eggs, onions, and coriander.

Vegan and Vegetarian Food Tours

It can often prove quite difficult to arrange vegan and vegetarian tours in South American countries upon arrival. Especially if you're unsure where to look. As such, let make your life easier, book online for some of the very best vegan and vegetarian food tours in South America!

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