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Cuisine is an integral part of any local culture, and no trip to Santa Cruz is complete without tasting the traditional Santa Cruz food. This directory offers information about the traditional dishes and drinks available in Santa Cruz to help visitors better understand the local food culture and make an informed decision when trying them.


  • Buñuelos: wheat-based yeast dough, often flavored with anise.
  • Humintas a la Olla: cayenne pepper, salt, butter, water, salt, sugar, cheese, anise in grain.
  • Llajua (llajwa): hot sauce prepared from hot chili peppers called locotos and tomato, wakataya; sometimes onions are added.
  • Marraqueta: a bread made with flour, salt, water and leavening.
  • Masaco: smashed plantain with charque.
  • Pukacapas: flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, milk or water, butter, egg yolks.
  • Tawa-Tawas: flour, baking powder, salt, butter, eggs, water or milk, butter, honey.


  • Bolivian Chowder: onion, butter, potatoes, water, celery, salt, pepper, milk, flour, American cheese, Little Smokies Sausage or hot dogs, sliced.
  • Bolivian Corn Chowder: streaky Bacon, onion, celery, green peepers, potatoes, sweet corn, flour, milk.
  • Bolivian Cream Soup Mix: powdered milk, cornstarch, instant bouillon cubes, dried onion flakes, basil, thyme, pepper.
  • Bolivian Onion Soup: onions, broth (preferably beef), red or white wine, butter, flour and fried bacon.
  • Caldo de Fideo: green beans, onion, carrot, salt pork, new potatoes, twisty noodles, olive oil, hot pepper, salt.
  • Chairo: chuño, meat and lots of vegetables.
  • Lagua de Choclo: beef, onion, turnip, potatoes, corn, salt.
  • Red Bean Soup with Guacamole Salsa: olive oil, onions, garlic, cumin, cayenne pepper, paprika, tomato puree, oregano, chopped tomatoes, red kidney beans.


  • Avocado and Corn Salsa: avocado, corn, bell peppers, green onions, lemon peel, lemon juice, garlic salt, cumin, red pepper.
  • Bolivian Carrot Salad: carrots, garlic, lemon juice, cilantro, salt, black pepper, vegetable oil.
  • Bolivian Chicken Salad: boneless skinless chicken breasts, salsa, hard-boiled egg, sour cream, mayonnaise, onions, lime, chili powder, cumin.
  • Ensalada de Palmitos: palm hearts, lemon, oil, salt.
  • Ensalada de Rabanos: radishes, salt, vinegar, salt.
  • Mango Rice Salad with Grilled Shrimp: ruddy grilled shrimps, rice with a coconut aroma, sweet mango fruit and several aromatic vegetables.
  • Palta Rellenos: shrimp, avocados, banana, lemon juice, mayonnaise, salt, pepper, paprika, sugar, chicken, lettuce leaves.
  • Tropical Papaya Salad: lime, hot bean paste, sugar, onions, ginger, garlic, salt, papayas, chilli pepper, chopped fresh cilantro or fresh parsley.

Main courses

  • Charque de llama: dried llama meat, fried, and served with corn and cheese.
  • Fritanga: pork, tomatoes, onions, oregano, parsley, cilantro, cumin, garlic, hot peppers.
  • Guinea pigs (aka Cuy): fried, broiled, or roasted Guinea pigs.
  • Lechón al Horno: baby pig, lemon, garlic, salt, butter, vinegar and other ingredients.
  • Majao: rice dish with eggs,beef and fried banana.
  • Pacumutu: a rice dish with grilled beef, fried yucca and cheese.
  • Picana de Pollo: chicken stew made with green peas, potatoes, tomatoes, onions, round slices corn nad other ingredients.
  • Pique macho: bite-sized pieces of beef, sausage, and french fry-cut potatoes. Onions, locoto, boiled egg, mustard, mayonnaise, and ketchup might be added.
  • Roasted Duck: whole duck, black pepper, paprika, salt, melted butter.


Fast food

  • Chicharrón: fried bits of pork, pork skin and gristle, peppers, garlic, cumin.
  • Picante de Pollo: chicken, cayenne pepper, onion, tomato, chili pepper, green peas, salt, garlic and other ingredients.
  • Silpancho: slices of thin meat, bread crumbs, potatoes, tomatoes, onion, parsley, eggs, rice and sometimes Locoto (chili).

Street food

  • Cuńapes: fresh cheese, yucca, sugar, milk, salt.
  • Lomo Montado: a fried tenderloin steak with 2 fried eggs, rice and fried banana.
  • Salteñas: savory pastries filled with beef, pork or chicken mixed in a sweet, slightly spicy or very spicy sauce.

Drinks (Non-alcoholic)

Drinks (Alcoholic)

  • Chuflay: the drink is made with a jigger of singani and filled with either ginger ale, 7-Up, or Sprite and often garnished with a slice of lime.
  • Singani: liquor.
  • Yungueño: a drink made from a jigger of singani, simple syrup or sugar, and orange juice.

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