Due to the country´s rich geographic diversity, the Ecuadorian cuisine is multi-faceted. A wide range of exotic fruits, fresh seafood and traditional dishes can be found. Basic food ingredients, especially in the highlands are corn and potatoes. Fish, seafood and rice are favourites on the coast. Meat comes from cattle, pigs, goats, mutton or chicken. A typical dessert is the “Torta de maqueño”, a banana cake. If you love spicy food you can always find some “ají” (chilly) on the table of nearly every restaurant to spice up your food. Also experimental gourmets will benefit from travelling in Ecuador: cuy (guinea pig) is just one example of Ecuador´s specialties. Homemade fruit juices and beer are cheap alternatives to quench your thirst.