We took a trip to Saylla today for a lunch of chicharron, or fried pork. I lived in “the South” for 15 years, so I know fried food, but if you like meat you can’t beat chicharron, it is great. Chicharron is generally served with corn, potatoes and a salad. On the side you have a dish of “aji”, the green hot sauce that is typical here in Cusco.
We are caseros, or regulars, at “Los Kqantus” in Saylla. Saylla is a small town about 20 minutes outside of Cusco, known for chicharron. There must be 20 or so restaurants in Saylla, all Chicharronerias.
It bears repeating, the food is fantastic. But the experience is even better since we usually eat outside, overlooking the mountains and the countryside. The weather in Cusco is perfect in the early afternoon: sunny, 78-ish and no humidity.
Saylla is a quiet, small town. After lunch we walk through the countryside to the next town, Huasao, where we take the bus back to Cusco.
Tough life we have here in Peru, si 😉
How to get to Saylla: from Cusco take a “combi” to Saylla, Huasao or Oropesa, any of these stop in Saylla. Just ask the locals where to take the bus to Saylla. A good place to get on the “combi” is any bus stop on Avenida Cultura. “Los Kqantus” is near the 3rd bus stop in Saylla, about a block back from the main highway.
On the way back the busses get very crowded, if you want to get a seat it is best to walk to the main square (Plaza de Armas) in Huasao, where the buses leave from.
Interesting. On the west coast of Mexico chicharron is fried pig skins. The fried pork, sometimes pulled, is called carnita.
Thanks Larry. I should have mentioned, here in Cusco fried pig skins are served as an appetizer with chicharron or eaten as snacks. I think the fried skins are called “tocto”.
Pingback: Tipon « Visit Cusco and Peru
Pingback: Plato Sol de Mayo « Life in Peru