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Frosted Flakes: Waterfalls, Guinea Pigs and Long Travel Days

Yes I ate guinea pig with my brother in Ecuador.

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I crossed into Peru a few days ago (my 30th country) and I’ve enjoyed it so far. The first big thing I did in Peru was hike to Cataratas de Gocta near Chachapoyas. It’s the 16th highest waterfall in the world and is probably up there with one of the most beautiful waterfalls I have ever seen. I also plan to hike to the world’s 5th highest waterfall, Cataratas de Yumbila, this weekend.

Chachapoyas itself is of the main backpacker trail and located in the Amazonas region of northern Peru. I’ve talked to a lot of people who have visited Peru haven’t visited this area so I’m looking forward to doing more cool things here. Before arriving here, I was doing a lot of long travel days by bus (7 hours, 6 hours, 10 hours, 5 hours over the past week) so it will be nice to slow things down for a few days. However, I’m aware they are plenty of long travel days ahead as I make my way south to Huaraz, Lima, Cusco, Arequipa, etc.

Before I left Ecuador, I tasted guinea pig for the first time. My brother said it was something he wanted to do while we were traveling together. He had the hostel call up a restaurant that specialized in guinea pig and made a reservation. If you are ordering guinea pig, it’s a necessity to make a reservation because otherwise you will be sitting in the restaurant for an hour while the guinea pig is being cooked and prepared. Once my brother and I arrived for our reservation, we just had to wait about 15 minutes for the main course. We also realized that everyone in the restaurant was ordering the same thing...cuy (guinea pig).

Guinea pig is typically roasted and served with potatoes, eggs, nuts that you can eat together with the delicacy. The guinea pig meat is pretty lean, tastes similar to chicken and seems to be much healthier than beef or pork. The skin also has a really crunchy texture to it. One guinea pig is usually enough to feed two people. I enjoyed tasting the guinea pig but I’m not sure if it is something I will have again.

Anyways feel free to share any experiences you have had with eating unique dishes and delicacies from around the world. Would you ever be willing to try guinea pig? I’m looking forward to reading everyone’s answers in the comments. Anyways...onto Flakes.

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