Ok. So I wrote how much I hated the Orinoco Eco Camp Tour I went on in my post: I FUCKING HATE TOURS …but there was some cool things that I also feel I should mention. One of the best things about this tour….THE FOOD.
Volunteers made the food. They are almost all kids (ok, like, teenagers/young adults..not like 5 year olds or something). Many are from the local Warao people. Many barely speak Spanish, nevermind English, but they are always smiling and joking around with you anyway (through looks and charades and stuff).
The food was lots of delicious stew-like dishes served with rice and bread. On the table was always jars of these amazing and burn-your-face-off hot peppers. (really, I ate one of the raw peppers straight off the bush and the whole side of my face went numb for half an hour. I loved it).
The hot peppers made into a sauce that I was dipping my bread into always.
The people who cooked for us were mostly kids from the indigenous Warao people in the area. They handmade every meal, with minimal supplies, and every single thing I ate was delicious.
There was much fish stew types of food, like this some-kind-of-tuna-like-fish stew (below) that was unbelievable.
The food was laid out for lunch and dinner buffet style and always included a stew of some sort, rice, bread, and some kind of salad or slaw.
And the bread was some sort of homemade sour-dough bread which I absolutely loved. (especially after eating the ridiculously hot peppers off the bush outside.)
Yes, and the bread was cut with a giant, scary looking hunting knife. Supplies are minimal at the camp. Plus you look like a badass cutting bread with a hunting knife.
And every morning we had delicious handmade coffee.
And eggs with fruit and more bread.
And if you caught a piranha, they would fry it up for you. (I did not catch anything, but one guy caught a few and shared)
So even though I do not in any way recommend this tour, there was good things about it too. Like the food!