Brining in the New Year... Peruvian Style
Mon 24 Dec 2012 - Tue 1 Jan 2013
Initially Danny and I were planning on spending the holidays in La Paz thinking the capital would probably have more festivities, but after some research, we found out that Cusco is quite the party (which worked out better for our schedule anyways).
We arrived in Cusco on the 24th and realized quickly that we made the right choice - Cusco was packed with not only foreign backpackers, but local Peruvian travellers. Because we didn't book any hostels ahead of time, we ended up switching accommodations 3 times in 10 days haha.
Christmas Eve - the streets are packed!
Christmas was spent relatively quietly. We spent the day relaxing around town. New years on the other hand was a different story. Throughtout the week, we had noticed that a lot of the street vendors were selling yellow things - yellow flowers, yellow shirts, even yellow underwear. We eventually found out that the custom is to wear yellow on new years eve, as yellow is suppose to signify good luck. Every year, hundreds of people dressed in yellow gather around the main square for fireworks and to welcome in the new year. Once the clock turns midnight, everyone in the square joins together in the traditional run around the square for good luck. And that's exactly how we spent our NYE!
New Years Eve - Plaza de Armes
Happy 2013! Dinner at Chicha - one of several restaurants opened by celebrity chef Gaston Acurio
True Crue Alpaca - Roast beef style with black pepper, molle pepper and a chili and mustard emulsion. Steak tartar, small wild spinach salad and crispy potatoes
Cuy Pequines - Glazed guinea pig, purpe cornmeal crepes, rocoto pepper jelly, and sweet pickled turnip
Chaufa Andino de Quinua u Cuy - Of quinoa and vegetables, deep fried guinea pig and chifera sauce
Lechon crocante a la criolla - Tender pork belly with crispy skin, dry potato veloute, filled blanquillo peach with black pudding
Cheese ice cream and some super sweet traditional Peruvian dessert