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Amazon Cuisine - Juanes

Amazon Cuisine - Juanes

Juanes is a traditional dish widely consumed throughout the Peruvian Amazon, especially the High Amazon

It is designed for travelling: pre-cooked food that is wrapped in a leaf, normally from the endemic Cachibou tree (Calathea lutea) - known locally as bijao - which acts as a picnic box for the contents. The leaf also infuses the food with a subtle, but distinctive flavour. 

Ashaninka Indians

Ashaninka Indians

The largest indigenous group in Peru's Amazon is the Ashaninka (also known as the Campa or Kampa, but this is considered pejorative). Demographic estimates put their numbers at roughly 55,000, living in 200 scattered and mainly remote communities in the Departments of Junin, Pasco, Huanuco and Ucayali. A smaller number live across the border in the Brazilian state of Acre. 

Their history since the Spanish Conquest has largely been one of intrusion and resistance

Shipibo-Konibo Indians

Shipibo-Konibo Indians

It is estimated that Peru's Amazon is home to 16 language families and around 65 ethnic groups. That this is only an estimate is testament to the vast area of Peru covered by dense Amazon rain forest, in which there are still 'uncontacted' tribes. 

One indigenous people that you are likely to come across are the Shipibo-Konibo, who have traditionally lived along the Ucayali River.