Cusco: Eating at the Mercado Central

Cusco was the Inca Capital.  The city is a cultural epicenter and is located at 10,000 feet high in the Andes Mountains.   One thing I have always said is that good food is very hard to come by in Cusco.  I dont know if that is because of the Altitude Sickness or just that I am used to the complexity of the cuisine in Lima.  I have however experienced a great deal of what Cusco has to offer.

The Central Market is located close to the San Pedro Rail Station just a few blocks walk from the Plaza de Armas.  Here you will find everything from fresh coca leaves to alpaca stocking caps.  On any given day you will find a quick and tasty bite to eat here as well.  In the mornings locals are quick to grab a fresh glass of custom varieties of fruit juice and freshly made sweet bread.  At lunch time it is difficult to find a seat at the favorite spots as the locals all seem to enjoy the eateries.

On this particular visit I was overcome with the AMS acute mountain sickness having taken the Flores bus through the night for a non stop 23 hour ride.  Let me just say I was glad to be off the bus and I needed to eat.  I found a little place in the back with Caldo de chunos or sopa de chunos which seemed perfect.  I enjoyed every drop of it for s./1 or about 30 cents usd.  It was great and made me feel alot better.

There are a variety of alpaca stores and t-shirt shops inside as well as the usual meat market and other various stands of produce.  If you are in Cusco you have to check this place out.  I recommend trying one of the eateries for a decent meal around lunch time.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s