From Cute Pet to Andean Delicacy
Love it or hate it, or simply find it bizarre, cuy (guinea pig) is a must try in Ecuador. Seen as a delicacy in the Andes, especially among indigenous communities, this larger than anticipated rodent, pronounced kew-e, can be found in most highland towns. There are a variety of ways to prepare cuy: roasting, frying or boiling, but whatever method, expect to be fingering through the bones and skin for the sharp, sweet meat. The best places to eat cuy are in Baños and Cuenca. Expat-heavy Cuenca is famous for the dish and Guajibamba, located downtown, is one of the locations where they allow you to watch the rodent being spit roasted.
By Simon Willis, AFAR Local Expert
Av 12 de Abril & Agustín Cueva, Cuenca, Ecuador