February 12, 2024 — By a Blue Parallel Travel Expert

Food For Thought: 8 Unforgettable Culinary Experiences In Latin America

Latin America is a gastronomic treasure trove. Each delicious culinary experience tells a story of the region’s rich cultural heritage and vibrant traditions, from fish caught fresh from your luxury yacht in the San Blas Islands to some of the world’s best steak at an authentic “parrilla” in Buenos Aires.

Visit Latin America and enjoy a feast for the senses with flavors that will leave an indelible mark on your taste buds and play a part in ensuring your journey through this beautiful region is truly unforgettable.

With so much on offer, it can be a challenge to shortlist the gastronomic experiences you want to enjoy during your luxury tour. We share eight of our favorite unforgettable culinary experiences in Latin America, as well as restaurants you simply can’t miss…

Gourmet picnic next to stunning lake in Patagonia organized by Blue Parallel

1. Gourmet Picnic In Patagonia’s Lake District

Our gourmet picnic in Patagonia’s Lake District takes “lunch with a view” to a whole new level. First, coast across Lake Nuahel Huapi’s crystal clear waters in a private motor boat to Victoria Island where you will embark on a guided hike through beautiful wooded areas. Then, take a break on the shores with an intimate and elegant picnic prepared by a private chef, all while enjoying spectacular views of the sparkling blue waters.

Man holding fresh fish caught during luxury catamaran tour of the San Blas Islands

2. Fresh Fish In Panama’s San Blas Islands

The San Blas Islands are home to picturesque islands, tranquil crystal waters and beautiful beaches. They are also a playground for outdoor enthusiasts who love the water, with swimming, snorkeling and kayaking adventures all available.

For foodies, we recommend fishing for Barracuda which your private chef will prepare for your dinner. Your chef will also serve you fresh fish bought from local fishermen around the islands.

Fine dining food being prepared in a private cooking class in Chile

3. Interactive Cooking Demonstration With A Chilean Chef

Learn about authentic Chilean cooking in the private kitchen of a local chef in Santiago. This unique culinary experience showcases Chilean staples in an unforgettable five-course interactive cooking demonstration. You’ll also get to sample the finest Chilean wines picked specifically to complement your meal.

Private BBQ prepared in the forest in Uruguay

4. Private Forest BBQ In Uruguay

Jose Ignacio is a treasured and peaceful village with miles of pristine beaches, excellent wineries and beautiful greenery. The village’s culinary scene comes to life in the summer which sees some of the region’s best chefs working in local, chic restaurants.

For a truly unique culinary experience, we recommend a private forest BBQ for you and your guests. Embark on a forest walk or horseback riding excursion to a secluded area of the forest, just meters away from the beach. Here, a chef will prepare a delicious BBQ feast for you which you can enjoy under the moonlight.

Private dinner set in Peru's Qorikancha temple during bespoke luxury tour

5. Luxury Dinner At Exclusive Incan Temple in Peru

Most of Peru’s travel experiences weave in elements of the country’s profound history and rich culture. The Qorikancha is an ancient Inca temple located in Cusco; the name is often translated as the “Temple of the Sun” or the “Golden Temple.” It was one of the most important religious and ceremonial centers in the Inca Empire.

During your luxury Peru tour, it will be possible to enjoy an exclusive dinner at the Qorikancha. The site will be closed-out and a luxury meal will be prepared for you by private chefs.

Fresh fish being prepared in Belize

6. Gourmet Meal In Belize Barrier Reef

Belize is home to the second largest reef in the world. During your luxury tour, we’ll arrange for you to cruise along the Belizean coast on a private speedboat, stopping to explore breathtaking islands, swim in azure waters and snorkel with dolphins, manatees, stingrays and much more.

Take a break to enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch served for you aboard the boat, and enjoy a delicious fresh meal while admiring deserted islands and the bustling sea life that surround you.

7. Private Cooking Class In Cartagena

Colombia´s extraordinary cultural heritage includes an exotic mix of culinary traditions by successive waves of African and Spanish immigration, which have created a rich, exuberant cuisine. During your luxury tour of Cartagena, we will set up an interactive, private cooking class in the kitchen of an exclusive colonial house in the Old City. You’ll prepare a Caribbean Creole starter, main course, and two side dishes under the guidance of your personal chef.

Parilla steak in Mendoza

8. Unbelievable Steak In Buenos Aires

Argentina is dotted with “parrillas”, a typical steakhouse restaurant. Our team on the ground in Buenos Aires and expert local guides have vigorously vetted the best of the best and will make recommendations based on where you’re staying. One of our favorite authentic parrillas is located in the charming neighborhood of Recoleta in Buenos Aires and serves some of the world’s best steak and malbec wine.

The Best Restaurants In Latin America

Exquisite restaurants are dotted around Latin America and we have a portfolio of recommendations for each of the regions in which we operate. However, here are a few of our favorites that we think every foodie will love…

  • Aramburu, Buenos Aires
  • Cassis, Bariloche
  • Fuegos Apalta, Chilean Wine Country
  • La Huella, Jose Ignacio
  • MIL, Moray
  • Lasai, Rio de Janeiro
  • Leo, Bogota
  • Celele, Cartagena

Food For Thought In Latin America

We can open the door to once-in-a-lifetime, insider culinary experiences that we hand-select based on your preferences. For more information on the options we have available in each country, contact one of our Travel Experts today.

Tailor-Made Itineraries To Latin America

From fine dining experiences and authentic food tours to expert cooking demonstrations and exclusive restuarants, discover the culinary delights that await you in Latin America…