Guinea Pig!!!

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Went with our guide from the inca trail - Cesar - to Tipon, a village near Cuzco. It was a guinea pig village, that is all they sold, the next village was the bread village, the next the deep fried pork etc. We got the local bus, which was pure entertainment. Was like a little van with everyone crammed in, it stops whereever you want it to so every few mins it would stop and people would leap on/off with their huge bags of maize or rice or trays of drinks.  We arrived and Cesar chose a restaurant, where he presented us with stuffed guinea pig intestines to try...then we went through to sit down and moments later our guinea pig arrived....whole (teeth, claws, eyes all there!)  perched on the plate on a bed of spaghetti and potatoes. The lady then chopped it up and left us to eat it with our fingers. Charlie wasnt very impressed, but Claire tucked in with delight!! Cesar told us the head is a sign of your superiority and intellect if you eat the head ---- needless to say we didn´t! (he didn´t either though) it tasted like salty gamey chicken...bizarre! After Cesar got the alcohol...to kill the germs in the guinea pig apparently..oh and of course its good for our stomachs!! On the bus on the way back..a man got on dressed in drag impersonating the local women..charlie thought he was on a stag night and wasted...but he then proceeded to sell us toffees...only in peru!
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What can we say?
What can we say?
The head...
The head...
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Love it!
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