Food to expect during the Machu Picchu Trek

The Machu Picchu Trek, most commonly referring to the Inca Trail, takes you through a variety of landscapes and climates in Peru. Along the trek, you will have the opportunity to experience traditional Peruvian cuisine, which is a delicious blend of indigenous, Spanish, and other influences.

Here are some of the foods you can expect during the Machu Picchu Trek:

Quinoa: A staple in Peruvian cuisine, quinoa is a versatile and nutritious grain that is often used in soups, salads, and side dishes.

Ceviche: A popular Peruvian dish made with raw fish marinated in lime juice, onions, and chili peppers. It's typically served with corn and sweet potato.

Lomo Saltado: A popular Peruvian stir-fry dish made with beef, onions, tomatoes, and french fries, served over rice.

Aji de Gallina: A traditional Peruvian dish made with shredded chicken in a creamy, mildly spicy sauce made from aji amarillo peppers, milk, and breadcrumbs. It is usually served over rice with boiled potatoes and black olives.

Alpaca: Alpaca meat is lean and tender, often compared to beef or lamb. It may be served as a steak, in a stew, or in other dishes.

Cuy: Also known as guinea pig, cuy is a traditional Andean dish. It is often roasted whole and served with potatoes and corn.

Caldo de Gallina: A warming chicken soup made with potatoes, rice, and vegetables, often served for breakfast or as a light lunch.

Empanadas: Baked or fried pastries filled with various ingredients, such as meat, cheese, or vegetables.

Chicha Morada: A refreshing non-alcoholic drink made from purple corn, pineapple, cinnamon, and cloves.

Coca Tea: A common herbal tea made from the leaves of the coca plant, which is said to help with altitude sickness.

During the trek, it's important to stay hydrated and consume sufficient calories to keep your energy levels up. Meals provided by trekking companies typically include a mix of traditional Peruvian dishes and some international options to cater to various tastes and dietary restrictions.




If you read our reviews, you will find out that most of our guests got fascinated by the treksÔÇÖ food. This is because we have the best team working for us. They prepare a fresh meal for you using local products. This part is, of course, one of the trip's highlights.


When hiking for several days in the mountains, one of the biggest concerns is getting the food like or requiring special if you follow a diet or restriction.

We accommodate any dietary requirements at no cost at all. Please request in advance to provide you with the best meal.