Chicharron

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.

Chicharron, or fried pork

Chicharron, or fried pork

Los Kqantus, our favorite chicharroneria

Los Kqantus, our favorite chicharroneria

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.

Que rico!!!

Que rico!!!

Enjoying the sun

Enjoying the sun

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.

Countryside near Saylla, Peru

Countryside near Saylla, Peru

Bus back to Cusco, from the main square of Huasao

Bus back to Cusco, from the main square of Huasao

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.

The main square in Huasao, Peru

The main square in Huasao, Peru

Ceviche

Patricia had ceviche at a small seaside restaurant in Huanchaco last week. Ceviche is a typical Peruvian dish: fresh, uncooked fish, typically marinated in citrus and spices.

Ceviche

Ceviche

El Mochica, seaside restaurant in Huanchaco, Peru

El Mochica, seaside restaurant in Huanchaco, Peru