In ancient South America, the Incans sent highly-trained runners called chasquis to deliver messages and goods from territory to territory. By way of the Inca Trail—a 14,000 mile-long system of paths and roads that span from Ecuador to Chile and connect the Inca empire—the chasquis would run hundreds of miles over steep and rugged terrain to complete their missions.
To provide these extraordinary athletes food, shelter, and a place to rest, over 2,000 tambos, or small inns, were built at intervals along the Inca Trail. The tambos also served as important meeting points—for longer missions, the chasquis worked in relay. One chasqui would run full-speed to the nearest tambo on his route and hand his packet over to the rested chasqui waiting there. This pattern would repeat until the delivery was complete. Working in relay this way, chasquis could deliver an urgent message nearly a thousand miles in under a week.
Tambobamba is the name of a specific tambo in Peru (and also the name of the town that eventually grew around it). We’ve chosen this ancient and beloved symbol of nourishment and restoration as our namesake, because every Tambobamba dinner we make is delicious, wholesome, fast and easy to make. So, like the ancient chasquis, you can enjoy a quick, good meal, replenish your body and delight your palate, and then get back to doing the things that are most important to you. (Running hundreds of miles through the South American jungle first is optional!)