Thanksgiving Weekend in Aucayacu
Aucayacu is one of the places we call home. My husband grew up there, we got married there, and we visit several times a year. Instead of serving a traditional Thanksgiving meal here in Lima, we decided to travel out to Aucayacu for the long weekend. This time, we traveled by bus and with the few delays we experienced, the trip itself took 15 hours. Don’t let that dissuade you though. The visit to Aucayacu is well worth it!
The purpose of our trip over the long weekend was to host a Christmas Event, a “Chocolatada.” These events happen all over Peru and they include serving both hot chocolate (yes, HOT chocolate in the jungle … in summer) and panetone bread. Kids and adults alike enjoyed the rich cups of hot chocolate.
Making a pot of Peruvian Drinking Chocolate in the comfort of my own home is one thing. Making hot chocolate in the jungle of Peru is quite another. We had many helping hands to get the large pots of chocolate prepared.
Because of the many friends we have in the area, you will almost never see us eating out in restaurants. We are well taken care of in our friends’ homes and often they make breakfast, lunch, and dinner to order. We have amazing meals with unforgettable flavor. When we first arrived in town, they truly prepared quite a delicious banquet for us.
There are so many flavors that are undeniably unique to the jungle. The Aguaje fruit is one of those. As we visited one of our friends home, she was just in the middle of making both Strawberry Cream Popsicles and Aguaje Popsicles to sell. Lucky for us, she shared with us her tips for making the Aguaje Popsicles.
Completely unplanned (believe it or not!), our trip coincided with Mistura Aucayaquina, a food and culture fair that we thoroughly enjoyed. Besides the many booths of food being prepared and sold, there was live music, dances, and even a demonstration on how to make a Jungle Ceviche.
Any trip would NOT be complete without at least one visit to the market in the center of the city. The Aucayacu Market has grown and changed over the years but it is always full of surprises for me.
Lovely weekend with friends. We may not have eaten the traditional turkey dinner, but we certainly experienced thankfulness.
What did you do for Thanksgiving?