We had another half of day in Cusco before we had to catch a bus out to the Ollantaytambo station to catch a train to Aguas Calientes. But before I go into that, let me introduce you to one of Peru’s most exquisite delicacies: cuy! What is “cuy” you may ask? Why it’s the name given by the locals to one of natures most delicious, nutritious, and downright adorable creatures: the humble GUINEA PIG.
That’s right, folks! The name “cuy” is a local onomatopoeia based on the squeaking sounds of the guinea pigs. These little critters are a good source of protein and are raised in farms all over Peru. They tend to be a tourist draw as I noticed a lot of restaurants in the area offering it on their menus. A roasted cuy can take nearly an hour to prepare, so we made a lunch reservation at a spot near our hostel called PachaPapa and wandered around town as we waited.