We had a few more hours in Cusco before returning to Lima and a few more museums included in our tour voucher that we hadn’t visited. We stopped on our way as soon as we saw a lady on the street with a basket covered with a tea towel and a corn husk on top. I knew this meant she was selling something good. Indeed, she had tamales de pollo, made with corn and filled with chicken, onion, chili, etc. This type, that is made of fresh corn with no chili in the dough, is known as “humita” in Lima. Regardless of the nomenclature, it was great and cheap as chips.
Tamal de pollo (S/. 1, $0.42)
There was a food festival at one of the city’s plazas (squares). We had a look but weren’t so sure of the quality and all the stalls seem to have pretty much the same food.
So we continued with our original plan of visiting La Chomba, a traditional picantería (a type of restaurant). It’s located in a non-commercial street and quite frankly doesn’t look like a decent establishment, except that it was recommended in an “alternative tourism” guide that my brother-in-law had lent us.
We knew from the guide that we had to try the chicharrón (pork belly that is slow cooked in water until the water evaporates and then fried in its own fat), that it came with mote (a type of maize), and that the servings were massive. Still, we couldn’t help but order a serve of choclo con queso (white corn with cheese). Everything was delicious and quite filling.
Choclo con queso (S/. 6, $2.55)
Chicharrón (S/. 20, $8.50)
After lunch we returned to Lima. We went straight from the airport to visit Alvaro’s relatives. The car ride took us longer than the flight thanks to the ever-worsening traffic.
Av. Tullumayo 339
For more photos of my trip to Cusco, click here.