The typical Bolivian diet is comprised of potatoes during almost every meal, sometimes served with noodles or rice. Lunch is considered the most important meal, which usually constitutes soup in addition to the main course.
Differences in climate and ethnicity contributed to the diversity in Bolivian cuisine. People who live in the highlands favor spicier food than those residing at lower altitudes, who prefer drier, less peppery food. Plantain and boiled maize are staples in the lowlands.
Some of the most popular dishes in Bolivia include saltenas, tucanos, empanadas, humitas, sandwich de chola, changa de pollo o de conejo, charque de llama and chicharron. Chica, which is brewed from corn, is a well-liked Bolivian beverage.