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World Travels......South America... ...Peru fe..Peru Mural.

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CUSCO, PERU ... .When I travel, I tend to eat in the same restaurant over and over if I find a place I like. And, I found Gustitos de Loli. The food was delicious (one of my favorites was teryaki chicken seen below) and Valerio was always a gracious host.  If there were no other clients, we spent a lot of time talking.  After four weeks in Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia, I was desperate to find "cuy". For non-Spanish speakers, that's guinea pig.  Loli served ravioli stuffed with cuy, but I wasn't that interested. I wanted to see them while they were still cute and cuddly. Fortunately, Valerio knew where to look.  However, I'd been to the location he suggested, several times!  I didn't believe they were there, so Valerio promised to take me. 
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Valerio, my host with the most
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You really have to know a local person to get the full flavor of a city.  Of course, this time I really wasn't fully interested in flavor, but I did want to find guinea pigs while in South America.  Valerio took me to the market.  It was exactly where I remembered guinea pigs last time.  Except then, they were sold right on the street.  This time, the little critters were in an interior courtyard that I never would have found.  I know that is true.  I walked all around that market and never had a clue. But, there they were. Dozens of crates filled with hundreds of little guinea pigs.
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Valerio knew someone (or he was just incredibly friendly).  Anyway, a woman there opened up her crate and let me take photos to my heart's content.  She had such a good laugh as I explained how I couldn't eat a pet.  Just like everyone else I'd talked to in South America, she assured me that cuy were so delicious.  I didn't buy that.  And, I didn't buy a cuy either which ran for about nine dollars.
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