Holidays in Perú (July 4 2015)

The most important day of the trip, the day Alvaro was going to see Machu Picchu for the first time, finally arrived. And it was raining. We took a taxi to the train station in Ollantaytambo hoping the rain would stop on the way.

Ollantaytambo train station

Of the two companies that go to Machu Picchu, we took Inca Rail, which had nice and comfortable trains, and good service.

Train to Machu Picchu

Train to Machu Picchu

We were offered a snack and a hot or cold beverage.

Train menu

When we arrived to Machu Picchu the rain got worse as we listened to the tour guide, but it stopped later, just before we left.

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

We had some time to have lunch before taking the train back. Given most restaurants in the area are overpriced, I was considering grabbing something in the market.

Machu Picchu market

Machu Picchu market

Machu Picchu market

Machu Picchu market

We decided not to eat in the market and continued looking for a reasonably priced meal. We found it at Qory Pacha: a 2-course set menu for S/. 18 ($7.60), plus tax.

Qory Pacha

We were served the traditional ají (chili) sauce.

Ají

Ají

We had palta rellena con queso andino (avocado stuffed with vegetables and Andean cheese) and crema de champiñón (mushroom soup) as entreés. The avocado was a bit disappointing because we’re used to get half an avocado stuffed with the filling, and got instead two slices surrounding the filling.

Palta rellena con queso andino

Palta rellena con queso andino

Crema de champiñón

Crema de champiñón

My main was trucha a la plancha con papas nativas y finas hierbas (grilled trout with local potatoes and fine herbs) and Alvaro had filete de pollo con crocante de papa andino (chicken fillet with crunchy local potatoes). Both dishes were essentially the same with different meats. Yes, the names were a bit deceptive for what we got but the whole thing was good value for the money.

Trucha a la plancha con papas nativas y finas hierbas

Trucha a la plancha con papas nativas y finas hierbas

Filete de pollo con crocante de papa andino

Filete de pollo con crocante de papa andino

Outside the restaurant we saw a street vendor selling gelatina con flan (jelly and flan), a classic economical dessert. We shared one for old time’s sake.

Gelatina con flan

Gelatina con flan (S/. 1, $0.42)

Later that night, back in Cusco, we tried to find a restaurant we had seen in a guide, but couldn’t. On our way back we saw a restaurant offering cuy al horno (roasted guinea pig) and decided to give it a shot. Bad idea. We had been warned a lot of restaurants reheat the cuy in the microwave oven, making it chewy, and that’s exactly what we got. At least we got two pisco sours for free.

Mango and ciruelo pisco sour

Mango and ciruelo pisco sour

Cuy al horno w potato and rocoto relleno

Cuy al horno with potato and rocoto relleno (S/. 55, $23.22)

2 thoughts on “Holidays in Perú (July 4 2015)

  1. I miss the gelatina con flan (I used to get them in San Miguel at the local markets)… and Machu Picchu… i’ve been 4 times and it never gets old… though the town is not as quaint and local as it used to be. It’s been 5 years since i’ve been back and it looks like next year I need to get to Peru! Thanks for the lovely photos and blog posts on Peru.

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