Help Trinity with their trip plan: Machu Picchu
I'm heading to Machu Picchu this fall in November. Any tips on must-try foods or restaurants in Machu Picchu, city of Cusco, or Pisac site? Thanks Gogoboters!
From the trip, Machu Picchu
Hi Trinity, I'd recommend orienting yourself around the Plaza de Armas. This beautiful city square basically serves as the center of Cusco's entertainment district. You'll find dozens of restaurants of all kinds lining the plaza or just a short walk up side streets. The diversity here is staggering, with a good mix of international options and traditional Peruvian cuisine. Some of the local dishes you might find include cuy (guinea pig) and alpaca (a camelid related to the llama), along with everything imaginable made from potatoes. One excellent Peruvian seafood dish is their ceviche, but I'd recommend steering clear from that in Cusco due to freshness issues. However, if you end up with any time on your hands in Lima, it's a must try!
Cuy (guinea pig) and alpaca are pretty traditional meats in that area. Quinoa is in almost everything--I had some pretty wonderful soups. Uchucuta is a pretty wonderful Andean salsa that is often served alongside the meals. The best empanadas I've ever had were at a little roadside stand between Cusco and Pisac. Muña is a really fragrant wild mint that they make into an herbal tea that I loved and bought at a local market. Cusco's San Pedro Market is amazing! So many interesting things there to see and eat. I wrote a blog post on it once, I'll send it to you if you want. Enjoy!