Eating Cuy (Guinea Pig) In Cusco, Peru

Eating Cuy (Guinea Pig) In Cusco, Peru

We knew we had to eat the Peruvian delicacy before we left Cusco. In fact, we refused to leave the country without trying cuy at least once. Luckily, great reviews led us to KusiKuy.

 

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We had just gotten back from Machu Picchu and were pretty tired from the train ride from Aguas Calientes back to Cusco. It was around 9pm when we arrived at KusiKuy, still carrying our backpacks from the day’s adventures. Because we knew we were arriving late, we called ahead to place our order for cuy. We’d also read that it’s a good idea to call ahead anyways if you’re ordering the roasted cuy since it takes about an hour to cook.

 

The restaurant itself was beautiful and very nicely decorated. It’s been owned by the same family for years and they actually live upstairs above the restaurant.

 

KusiKuy restaurant In Cusco

inside KusiKuy In Cusco

inside KusiKuy restaurant In Cusco

 

 

After we sat down, our waiter came by with menus and took our drink orders. He was very nice and had a great big smile. We went ahead and ordered an avocado salad as an appetizer since we were pretty hungry. It didn’t look like much, but it was really good.

 

KusiKuy avocado salad

 

Then it was time for the main course. Our waiter brought out the whole cuy on a plate for all of us to take pictures with. Although cuy is a staple in the Peruvian diet, they know that foreigners aren’t used to eating guinea pig and that we make a big deal out of eating these little animals that most have had as pets. While we waited for our plate, we saw other tables getting their whole cuys and each time it was a big and loud affair with everyone busting out their cameras. And we were no different. It was a little surprising to see the little guy completely whole; teeth, claws, and all!

 

KusiKuy cuy

Eating Cuy In Cusco

 

After the photo op, our waiter took back the cuy. He returned a few minutes later with the head off and cut into 4 pieces. Besides the cuy, the plate also came with a giant corn on the cob (also now cut in 4 pieces), small potatoes, and a meat stuffed pepper. The cuy itself was good. If you had just handed us a piece of its meat, we might have thought it was chicken although the taste was a bit gamier. The skin was a bit too thick and chewy for us though, maybe because it was roasted? The flavor was still good though. And that stuffed pepper was delicious! We really liked the dipping sauce too, even though we couldn’t tell you what was in it.

 

KusiKuy dipping sauce

Eating Cuy In Cusco

 

We walked out of KusiKuy full and content. We could see why it had gotten so many good reviews online. The service was exceptional, the food was great, and the prices were about average.

 

You do have to walk a couple of blocks from the Plaza de Armas which is in the center of town, but that’s a good thing if you want to get away from the crowds. Overall, we would recommend KusiKuy to anyone wanting to try cuy for the first time or to anyone looking for a restaurant in Cusco with a great ambiance. We know most have a problem with eating guinea pig. But that’s what traveling is about right? Getting out of your comfort zone and trying something new.

 

Address: Calle Amargura 140 Cusco, Peru

Phone: +51 84 262870

**While we were there it was cash only, so keep that in mind**

 

Have you ever tried cuy? Would you? We’d love to read your comments below! 🙂

 

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Eating cuy (guinea pig) is something every visitor to Peru should do and we found the perfect restaurant in Cusco to do it!

 

13 Comments
  • Amanda says:

    I just tried cuy for the first time in Huaraz. It was a bit too chewy for me as well but it’s always fun tried something new. Also it was fun seeing the face my vegetarian sister made when I told her. However, I won’t be telling the kids I nannied for a year as they had 2 beloved cuys as pets haha. Are you still in Peru?

  • Woottt! Did you finish everything on your plate? I think I couldn’t eat that if it isn’t chopped. Haha. 🙂

  • The restaurant looks very nice and Peru is a place I desperately want to visit. I agree that traveling is about getting out of your comfort zone, but…well…I’m going to play my vegetarian card here! I’d love to try some of the local veggies, though! Thanks for sharing your experience.

  • Laura Lynch says:

    Oh my gosh, it has a hat an everything! Hah. I had cuy for the first time in Cuzco a few years ago and it was similarly posed. It wasn’t bad, but not sure I’d order it again. It felt a little like eating a rat. Not an attractive thing on a plate.

  • Cailin says:

    Oh man, I have tried a lot of weird foods on my travels and was even tricked into eating beaver recently but I don’t know about cuy. It just seems to “pet-ish” lol Looks like a great place though 🙂

  • Mags says:

    I’ve heard about this before and I must say I would be a little squeamish about eating a guinea pig, especially after seeing it whole! I’ll try anything once though! Looks like you had a great meal.

  • I want to try cuy. I like how they bring it out and let you take photos before they carve it up. It looks amazing.

  • We all have such different opinions about what “should” or is “normal” to eat! i felt off eating pigeon in China, but they told me it was a delicacy, and although there wasn’t much meat to it! it tasted great! its all about experiences right!!

  • Kayla M. says:

    I admire your bravery with trying local cuisines on your adventures! I think I would try it, as long as I had someone else willing to try it with me. I never had a pet guinea pig, so no real guilt here. Lol! The restaurant looks nice and I’m glad you enjoyed that meal. Great post chica!

  • Never tried it, but I think we would. One thing we may do differently is ask for it to be sliced up before it’s served. That may help 🙂
    This is awesome!

  • Go you for being an adventurous eater! I have never been and always respect those that can try different cuisines when traveling.

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