|The Cusco Cathedral in the Plaza de Armas|
Not bad for a drive by photo, eh?
|Driver's view of narrow streets of old Cusco|
Before long our driver was pointing out the cute little restaurant where we were to have genuine Cuy for dinner.
|Ingrid headed for the 'Pachapapa'|
|The Patio with a view of the two stone ovens in the distance|
Next we ordered our drinks, and I thought I would try one of the local specialties Ingrid told me about. I ordered Chicha Morada, made of boiled blue corn, apple and other fruits, and spices. The stuff was delicious and I was hard pressed to dismiss it as less than nectar of the gods.
While we waited for our dinners to roast in the slow ovens, we chatted, watched our fellow dinners and as it was an outdoor venue I even got in some passive bird watching.
Finally our waiter proudly marched up to our table and presented us with a genuine, stone oven roasted Cuy. It was presented by the v. kind waiter specifically so I could take a photo prior to the Cuy being carved up for a proper dinner-time presentation. I present to you, 'Cuy del Peru'!
|Freshy baked Cuy, presentation arranged specifically for my camera|
I must say, I was tickled that our waiter had picked up on my need to photograph all the food that entered my vicinity. When we - and other diners come to that - had finished admiring the crispy delicacy, our waiter spirited it away, returning a few minutes later with properly prepared Cuy, cut up and de-footed for our dinning pleasure. The 'Cuy horneado con huacatay y aji panca' was served with local spices and panca chili for S/.70 which was 70 soles ($23).
|Properly served Cuy with interesting Peruvian potatoes|