Last day in Huancayo: market = anatomy lesson :)

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this is a big glass, haha
One of the things I learned as a TB, was going to the markets in order to know a town better. There's where you can really interact with the locals. Huancayo wouldn't be the exception. Our last day in town would be a Sunday, which is the best day for going to the market. First I asked for the check out, but they told me I could stay as long as possible, sweet! Next question was "how can I reach the market?" The girl gave me some directions and it was located walking distance, cool!

There are 2 markets in Huancayo: modelo (model) and the mayorista (wholesale). We'd go to the modelo one. We didn't have breakfast. The plan was to have breakfast at the market. While we were walking to the market, my stomach started to sound, hahaha.
coca leaves for sale!
I thought the market was closer, but it wasn't so. Also it was bigger than expected, pfff. There were many street vendors near the market, so it highly surprised me when Shawn pointed food. Don't know how he did it, but he saw a woman selling "papa rellena" (stuffed potato). The woman asked us to wait for a little girl who brought even warmer potatoes. We just bought one and it was really good! The potato helped to keep my stomach quiet, hahaha.

In the whole way to the market we could see besides the street vendors, vendors selling all kind of food: sweet, salty, quail eggs, soup, pork. There were many stands with whole porks, which were used to make sandwiches. Those were very popular. Another thing that was very common here were the coca leaves. The stores selling coca leaves were huge! Of course I got some to take with me back home :)

It was almost 9 by the time we arrived to the market itself.
selling honey and manjar blanco or dulce de leche
I mean the central building. The whole area was really crowded. We both were hungry, so the first stop would be the market food court. So, let's go there. It turned to be that the food court area was next to the meat one, strange... Yes, I was hungry, but at same time I was wanting to explore the meat area, maybe it'd be a better idea to do it before eating... hahaha.

Well, I proved again that I have a strong stomach. Most of the things hanging there didn't impress me and if they did, it was in a good way.  Before taking pics I asked the owners of the stands... just in case. I remembered one in Lima got upset. Here it was different. Since there are not many tourist visiting the market, the pictures are more than welcome, sweet! I was distracted by the tongues, hearts, tripes and didn't notice about the cow heads staring at me.
cow's heart - make anticuchos
But Shawn noticed them. I haven't seen so many next to each other. The decoration of this stand was just about cow heads, lol. The beef area was impressive.

Next to the beef area, there was the lamb one. Lamb is not that popular in Lima, but it's certainly so here. Well, there were all the parts internal and external of the sheeps. I couldn't stop remembering all the sweet lambs I saw while we were in the surroundings... poor things... I was impressed by the lamb's stomach. Have never seen one before...

Then the pork - I found a bucket full of pork feet, hahaha, plus sausage and different cuts of meat including heads. And then the most common meat: the chicken. Chicken wasn't impressive at all, but the hens were. They were open and you could see the eggs inside.
poor innocent cute things
Usually when you ask for a hen soup, they will serve it with those eggs. They taste good!

Now the weird stuff: guinea pigs and frogs. There were so many guinea pigs for sale, but also alive! In front of the guinea pigs' area there were cages with these little creatures and others like ducks, rabbits, etc. Guinea pig was very cheap and they wanted me to take some home, hahaha.

Leaving the meat area you'd find stands with bread and back to the food court... oh well, I wasn't that hungry anymore, but a juice and a fruit salad sounded perfect. There was a whole corridor about juice stands and all the women were wawing in order to attract customers, hahaha. Funny! My breakfast was so good, fresh and refreshing, good choice!  But it was time to leave the market.
what's inside the cab? a Sheep!!!


No idea the wholesale market was just a few blocks away to the other market, pfff. In our way back to the hotel we found ourselves in the middle of the market. I guess it was pretty obvious to notice where we were when we saw the trucks with tons of oranges. There were so many veggies and fruits. Of course all of them were incredibly cheap. Wow! Took a couple of pictures and kept on walking.

Bus was leaving at 2pm, so there was plenty of time. The problem was that we have already seen all the important things in the city... well, you can always find something interesting. Like a woman selling fruit who made us try the "capuli" a fruit looking like a cherry, but different taste. I have seen some of those fruits in Ecuador, but they had a different name.

Finally at 1:30pm it was time to go to the bus station, which was located a few blocks away from the hotel.
zzz too tired to go inside the hostel zzz
They would give us lunch at the bus, so no needed to eat anything before departure. In our way to Huancayo we took the train, but no way I'd take the train back to Lima. It was very comfortable, but besides expensive it lasted too long. This bus is one of the best in Peru and was very comfortable.

As scheduled we left at 2pm. While there was light and I was awake, I'd study a bit. I didn't study much while I was in Huancayo, hahaha, only at the train :P Oh well, my study time was interrupted by lunch! When I was buying the bus ticket, they asked which menu I'd prefer to get. Sweet! I asked for the vegetarian menu and that's what I got, yummy!

Reassumed study, but fall asleep. Unfortunately it didn't last long. I woke up, because I wasn't able to breathe well. We might have been passing the highest point again. Altitude sickness was back!!! The minute we started to go down, I started to feel better... It was dark, so I couldn't even think about taking pictures to get distracted and there was a problem with the tv... ok, back to sleep.
yadilitta says:
yes, I enjoyed the market too
Posted on: Dec 21, 2009
geerbox says:
Natural instincts led me to the papa rellena, hehe. I enjoyed the market most in Huancayo, other parts of the city are nice too, but the market is where I belong! It was time to get back down from the hills after a couple days though.
Posted on: Dec 20, 2009
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this is a big glass, haha
this is a big glass, haha
coca leaves for sale!
coca leaves for sale!
selling honey and manjar blanco or…
selling honey and manjar blanco o…
cows heart - make anticuchos
cow's heart - make anticuchos
poor innocent cute things
poor innocent cute things
whats inside the cab? a Sheep!!!
what's inside the cab? a Sheep!!!
zzz too tired to go inside the hos…
zzz too tired to go inside the ho…
De la Inmaculada Church
De la Inmaculada Church
fruits next to meat - in the way t…
fruits next to meat - in the way …
selling alcohol, hic!
selling alcohol, hic!
this sweet is called cachanga. It…
this sweet is called cachanga. It…
selling papa rellena (stuffed pota…
selling papa rellena (stuffed pot…
stuffed potato (papa rellena)
stuffed potato (papa rellena)
pork!
pork!
quail egg
quail egg
sugar cane pure juice...
sugar cane pure juice...
juice stands
juice stands
all the internals
all the internals
zzz
zzz
cow head!
cow head!
pfff
pfff
tripes, ughhhhhh
tripes, ughhhhhh
lamb
lamb
where are our bodies???
where are our bodies???
lamb stomach
lamb stomach
cant give me a hi5!
can't give me a hi5!
Chicken area
Chicken area
hanging hens
hanging hens
guinea pig
guinea pig
guinea pig
guinea pig
innocent little things...
innocent little things...
minifrogs
minifrogs
minifrogs detail
minifrogs detail
pork head
pork head
blood sausage
blood sausage
beef
beef
breads
breads
more bread, I took some back home.…
more bread, I took some back home…
juice stand
juice stand
fixing the juice
fixing the juice
corn
corn
warm ice cream!
warm ice cream!
cute fruit baskets
cute fruit baskets
refreshing slice of pineapple
refreshing slice of pineapple
Alpaca meat for sale
Alpaca meat for sale
many oranges
many oranges
so many and cheap apples
so many and cheap apples
fruits
fruits
tons of potato, Kg was US$ 0.15!
tons of potato, Kg was US$ 0.15!
chicharron - fried pork
chicharron - fried pork
more coca leaves
more coca leaves
squash
squash
the tuna
the tuna
local fruits: tumbo or taxo, capul…
local fruits: tumbo or taxo, capu…
the capuli, looks a bit like cherr…
the capuli, looks a bit like cher…
De la Inmaculada Church, dont kno…
De la Inmaculada Church, don't kn…
a square in Huancayo
a square in Huancayo
juice stands near the square
juice stands near the square
nice touristy office, cute hat sty…
nice touristy office, cute hat st…
The Cuy Broaster! (Roasted guinea …
The Cuy Broaster! (Roasted guinea…
guinea pig was the king of the menu
guinea pig was the king of the menu
bus ticket, specifies vegetarian m…
bus ticket, specifies vegetarian …
outside the bus station
outside the bus station
bus was crowded
bus was crowded
Huancayo streets
Huancayo streets
big roads in Huancayo
big roads in Huancayo
busy streets in Huancayo
busy streets in Huancayo
leaving Huancayo
leaving Huancayo
leaving Huancayo
leaving Huancayo
El Tambo area leaving Huancayo
El Tambo area leaving Huancayo
traffic circle
traffic circle
leaving Huancayo
leaving Huancayo
more fields
more fields
Some fields
Some fields
appetizer was choclo con queso c…
appetizer was "choclo con queso" …
broccoli soufflé - yummy!
broccoli soufflé - yummy!
Vegetarians menu main dish
Vegetarian's menu main dish
dessert
dessert
country side
country side
mountains again
mountains again
Mantaro river
Mantaro river
Mantaro river
Mantaro river
getting higher...
getting higher...
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