Friday, 5 April 2013
HighLives launches gourmet tours to Bolivia, including Noma owner's new venture
HighLives Holidays is offering its first gourmet tours to Bolivia to include the second venture by pioneering Danish chef Claus Meyer, whose first restaurant was Copenhagen’s Noma, voted the world’s best restaurant for the past three years.
Meyer hopes his Gustu fine-dining restaurant, due to open next month, will follow Noma’s lead to put Bolivia on a path to its own culinary development by sourcing ingredients only from within its borders.
HighLives, has crafted a eight-day experience for adventurous food-lovers to explore Bolivia’s little-known wine-growing region, the vast salt flats at Uyuni and the high Andes plains where the super-grain quinoa has been cultivated for centuries.
Visitors then tour the vibrant markets of the high-altitude capital La Paz, which presents unique challenges to Gustu chefs to adapt to an atmosphere where water boils at just 80 degrees Celsius.
The journey rounds off with a spectacular 15-serving meal at Gustu, the centrepiece of the non-profit Melting Pot Foundation, which aims to train local chefs and develop employment opportunities for local young people.
HighLives can provide extended stays in Bolivia and the rest of the continent, using our local knowledge to enable visitors to experience the real Latin America. One option for gastro-tourists is a trip to Peru’s capital Lima, recently awarded world capital of gastronomy of 2013.
Itinerary at a glance:
Day 1: Arrive to Santa Cruz
Day 2: Flight to Tarija, Bolivia’s wine region
Day 3: Tarija, visit to wine producers and the wine region
Day 4: Tarija- Uyuni flight, visit to salt producer and quinoa plantations
Day 5: Bolivian desert safari – overnight in Tayka Ojo de Perdiz
Day 6: Flamingos and Lagoons – overnight in Luna Salada, Uyuni
Day 7: Flight Uyuni –La Paz
Day 8: 15-serving dining experience at Gustu
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