Restaurante Vegetariano Los Girasoles in Cartagena, Colombia

Vegetarian lunch

Restaurante Vegetariano Los Girasoles in beautiful Cartagena, Colombia, serves healthy and inexpensive set lunches that should not be missed during any visit to this wonderful city!  Set inside an inconspicuous corner shop near the historic city center, the lower level is a natural foods and products store, while the upstairs contains a lovely air-conditioned dining area and kitchen serving up wonderfully nutritious, all-natural, and tasty meals!

Busy dining room

Founded 27 years ago as Cartagena’s very first vegetarian restaurant, with the goal of promoting healthy eating to Cartagena’s citizens, today the restaurant is still increasing in popularity.  The packed dining room is filled with mostly locals, a testament to the flat-out deliciousness of this place in a predominantly carnivorous culture.  The staff are friendly and always smiling as they provide quick and efficient service.  The complete lunch costs only 7000 COP and contains different selections each day.

Cream of onion soup

On our visit, we started with a mild cream of onion soup.  The main course (see top), consisted of aromatic rice, Asian vegetables, salad with a creamy dressing, lentil fritters, and a casserole of soy crumbles and veggies.

Lentil fritters

My favorite part was the sweet yet tangy Asian-inspired sauce covering the roasted vegetable side.  Everything in the huge lunch was fresh and amazing though, thus we had no trouble getting through the large portions!  All of this was also served with sugar-free, fresh-squeezed passion fruit juice, and followed by a sweet sampler of freshly-baked cake.

Strawberry and raisin cake.

After filling up on all your vitamins and nutrients at lunch, you can shop downstairs for all-natural condiments, herbs, and beauty products.

Selection of natural products in the shop

A great value and a truly great meal, Restaurante Vegetariano Los Girasoles will satisfy hardcore vegetarians and carnivores alike!

Location: Calle de Los Puntales #37-01, in the San Diego barrio of Cartagena, Colombia.

Restaurant from the street

This post was sponsored by Restaurante Vegetariano Los Girasoles.

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Cuzco Free Walking Tour – Peru’s Inca City

Cuzco free walking tour

Loki Hostel a daily Cuzco free walking tour.  The tour takes you to some of the famous sites around the city, as well as a couple cool restaurants that the hostel is promoting.  The first stop was a free vegetarian restaurant owned by an Indian family.  They ask for a donation that goes to feeding poor children in nearby small villages.  We sampled the food and they told us about how to volunteer to help feed the kids.  We are trying to go do it before we leave Cuzco.  Next we walked to the Plaza de Armas, Cuzco’s famous square.  From here you can access many famous churches and restaurants.  The flag of Cuzco is actually rainbow stripes, causing many people to mistake it for the gay pride flag!

Cuzco free walking tour

After the plaza, we walked to the Museo do Cacao where they let us sample cacao-leaf tea and showed us where chocolate comes from.  We also sampled the “aji” (spicy) chocolate and the dark, which were both amazing.

Cuzco free walking tour

Next, we walked down an old alley; on the right was a wall built by the Incas.  The Spanish had knocked down the top of their building, but the bottom 10 feet or so remained.  The blocks were huge, some a couple feet wide, and fit together perfectly (you couldn’t fit a piece of paper between them).  The best part was that every rock was a different size and shape, the coolest one having 12 sides.

Cuzco free walking tour

Another cool part of the tour was playing with an alpaca and a vicuña!  The vicuña thought our blonde hair looked similar to the grass they eat in the wild.  Thus we kind of had to watch out to not get bitten on the noggin!

Cuzco free walking tour
Vicuña
Cuzco free walking tour
Alpaca!

We spent the end of our Cuzco free walking tour at the food market, satisfying our appetites with seafood soup and beer smoothies!!!  All in all, the Loki free walking tour was a great time!

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