guazu is located in northeastern Argentina, on the border of Brazil and Paraguay, and it is a region where jungle vegetation and fauna prevail. That is why the gastronomic specialties of the region usually include a bit of the style of each neighboring country: unusual fruits such as passion fruit or Mango more typical of Brazil, chipa, a kind of bread made from cassava and cheese from Paraguay, and different types of fish, being that it is a zone full of rivers. In Iguazú, the most typical and sought after fish are Surubí, El Dorado and Pacu, all from the Paraná and Iguazú rivers. The Pacu is one of the tastiest river fish and belongs to the same family as the piranha, although it has a less sharp teeth. In Aqva, a restaurant located in Puerto Iguazú, you can eat Pacu stuffed with salmon and prawns, or served with rice noodles. El Surubí, another type of white river fish, can also be tried with a tropical fruit sauce or with a white wine and prawn sauce. You can even order Surubí ravioli! In Aqva, the highlights are really the elaboration of more traditional but innovative dishes that are based on regional products. If you visit this restaurant, another curiosity, apart from the Pacu, that you can try is the Yerba Mate dessert. Mate is a typical Argentine drink and its main ingredient, yerba, is only grown in Misiones and Corrientes. Although it is consumed all over the whole country in the typical fashion (with hot water), on the border of Paraguay people usually drink it with cold water or even juice and call it “tereré”. Try this too! And if you want to know more, you can do the Ruta del Mate, to visit different establishments that will teach you about the production, the “mate ceremony” and offer tastings of different types of yerba.
Surubí with fried Yuca, Photo: Aqva