Exploring the market with foodies and walking around the bohemian and sunny Barranco
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October 4th, 2009 – by: yadilitta
After going to the gym I drove to their hostel. Ok, now we were ready to go to the market. It was about 11:30am when we arrived there. Found a parking spot and we started to walk around. I used to come to this market the whole time when I was a little girl, so I know it pretty well. They were so excited watching all the different products, veggies, fruits and of course meat - including guinea pigs.
Well, let's go to for lunch. Where? Mmm, some time ago I went to a restaurant in Magdalena, tried to find it recently but couldn't. They serve food from the north coast. But I found them at the Food Festival! They moved - even open a II location just blocks away from the I one - and I got a business card with the map and directions. So, we drove there, hehehe. We arrived just on time. We found a table, but 5 min later it was crowded.
I asked them what they'd like to try, but they wouldn't even look at the menu. They trusted me. Ok, for appetizer I ordered the "tamalito verde" which are green tamales that have cilantro.
The waiter came and while I was still thinking about what to order, I ask for a "chicha morada" to drink. This is a soft drink made of the purple corn they just saw at the market and is 100% Peruvian. So the day would be just about Peru. It was a new and interesting flavor for the guys. The chicha morada is very good, but sweet.
Then the guy came with our order. Another very traditional dish in Catacaos - where the restaurant owners are from - is the "seco de chavelo" wich is mashed plantains (with a bit of pork) and a piece of a very salty meat on the top.
Pfff, it was hard to stand up, hahaha. Ok, what to do next? Of course, nothing related to food, hahaha. When we left the restaurant it was sunny, so I thought it would be a good idea to go to bohemian Barranco, walk around and enjoy the view of the sea. We arrived to Barranco and I showed them around the square, point view and traditional sights. But it was sunny, so we could go to the furthest point view. Actually from there you can walk to the beach, after crossing a bridge over the highway, and so we did.
Then instead of going the traditional way, we climbed some stairs and got lost along the old and narrow streets. Wherever you look, you can find graffitis or some kind of art, how cool! We spent around 2 hours hanging out in Barranco and were ready to keep on moving. Now the question was: what to do next?
Mmm, yesterday we missed visit the huaca (pre-inca pyramid), but not today. We wouldn't go to the same one - boring! Better go to another one, which is also very well preserved and it's located in the middle of the business area. It was so nice driving around here without the daily traffic, hehehe. The guys enjoyed the huaca and how surreal is to find an ancient building in the middle of a city. I was playing tourguide.
Well, it was getting late and I had to do some stuff at home. The guys were leaving to Cusco tomorrow early, but we'd meet when they are back, the 7th. So after giving them a couple of ideas about what to try in Cusco, we said good bye, actually it was: "see you in a couple of days!"
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