7 Days in Peru: Day 5:Cusco- Trying Guinea Pig (Cuy) and Living to Tell About It!

Trip to Peru Day 5
Location: Cusco- Deva Restaurant 

Cost: We spent about $40 for our meal, and splurged on the delicacy 
Time: Plan at least 1 hour, but get there early- they fill up fast and the wait can get pretty long! 
We had heard you must try either Cuy (guinea pig) or llama steak while in Cusco. They are delicacies, and when in Rome, err Cusco, right? After petting llamas the day before, and hearing that guinea pig actually tastes like a sweeter chicken, we opted for that at Deva Restaurant

They start off every meal with fried corn and pisac sours. We aren’t drinkers, but appreciated the gesture and commitment to have tourists try many authentic Peruvian food staples.

We also learned we love the lemonade, which has a bit of mint added. We started ordering a pitcher at every meal.

We wanted to start with something safe. Quinoa is a staple there, and the quinoa con leche was seriously some of the best stuff we’ve ever had! We’ve been on the search for this recipe ever since- quinoa, cheese, various spices, and milk are divine!

We feel so lucky that after being immersed in Spanish it came back to us, and we were able to really enjoy the people. We had a good chat with the waiter who was studying English and hospitality, and he asked if he could take us back to the kitchen and show us how they prepare cuy, so he could practice his English. We were happy to oblige! It was quite the adventure to head back and see how they are deep fry them whole with stones to weigh them down and add flavor.

When it came out- it was looking at us! The waiter turned to Jacob and asked if he wanted the head cut off and re-served. Jacob didn’t even hesitate “YES PLEASE!” 
I want to say it was tons better, but honestly, we were a little grossed out having skin on the pieces, very little meat, and all the innards to eat around. However, we were committed and we went for it!

The verdict: It really does taste like sweeter chicken! We could only do a piece each, and then we were ready to go get some hot chocolate to fill us up and clean our palate after the unusual experience. I’m glad we tried it though- it’s a must for visiting Peru!

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  1. i think i had a small bite of the guinea pig while i was there but don't think it was enough to get a good idea of the taste. jacob ordered it and sait i wasn't bad. but i'm not super adventurous with eating different types of meat. 😛 i also don't like seeing the whole animal.

  2. HAHAHA OH MY! I hate that the shape of the body is smack dab on the plate. I'd be into trying different delicacies too, interesting that it tastes -sweeter- than chicken, crazy. 🙂

  3. I've had a few friends tried guinea pig and like you, they said it tasted like chicken almost! I'm always up to try new things so if given they chance I'd love to try it for myself <3

  4. Looks like you guys are having a blast! Trying new things is so important while on vacation!
    Hope you may check out my blog, too! 🙂

  5. I am so glad you tried it! I had a professor that took a study abroad trip to Equador every year and if you ate the guinea pig you didn't have to write the paper. He passed away this past year of cancer and I always think about his Equador stories and greatly regret that I never went.

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