Dining on Cuy (Guinea Pig) in Cusco, Peru
Ask most any Andean highlander in Cusco what their favorite food is, and you will probably hear the word cuy delivered with a glimmer in the eye and a smile ear to ear. Guinea pig is downright adored in Cusco and the Peruvian highlands as a main course. Families will often rear their oblivious Lilliputian livestock within the home, tending to them as they scuttle about the floor, munching on fresh grass and totally unaware of the impending doom that awaits them. Take the opportunity to sample some of the region’s famed local fare and have a traditional Cusqueño dinner with roasted cuy, potatoes, and some noodles. Locals have a hearty appetite and during celebrations it is customary for each individual to receive a whole cuy. In fact, Peruvians are estimated to eat over 65 million guinea pigs a year.