Food & Hygiene
Good food is an important aspect of the culture of travel. We therefore always attempt to incorporate local food and restaurants into our trips and encourage people to try as many new flavours and culinary experiences possible.
When we are camping or stopping on a driving day for lunch, we usually make food for ourselves using the truck kitchen. When eating from the truck we encourage a healthy and balanced diet, and you can expect to be well fed!
For truck meals, our party will be divided into small teams of 3 or 4 people who will take it in turn to shop and cook. A party of 20 would be divided into about 7 groups so you can expect to cook and shop for food roughly once a week.
We are happy to, and usually do provide options for vegetarians and most special dietary requirements.
Cooking for 20 or more people on overland tours can seem a little daunting at first but don’t worry – we have a cookbook with tasty, easy recipes with measures for different group sizes, a well equipped kitchen with gas cookers (or over fires when it’s BBQ time) and a leader on hand who has had plenty of practice.
It is vital for everyone’s health and peace of mind that we keep a good standard of hygiene and your leader will provide strict instruction so you can be confident your food is always clean and safe to eat.
When staying in hotels and cities it is generally easier to eat out, so we do not provide meals at these times. Dinner or lunch in a restaurant can cost from US$2 for a simple 2 two course ‘menu of the day’ up to whatever you’re prepared to pay for fine dining. Most of the hotels we use provide a simple breakfast included with the room or for a small fee.
South America has a huge variety of tastes and foods which we can enjoy as we travel the continent - either by buying and cooking it ourselves (fresh fish bought from the fisherman on the beach we’re camping on, is great on the BBQ) or from the many wonderful restaurants we will find.