Coca, Chocolate, and Chicha in Cusco

We went on a GAdventures tour through the southern part of Peru and it was awesome. After getting some churros (con chocolate, crema, and dulce de leche) at Manolo in Lima, we flew to Cusco to begin our acclimation to the high altitude. A good way of checking if you have altitude sickness is to drink a pisco sour once you are in Cusco and see if you immediately become intoxicated. If so, drink as much coca tea as possible because it really helps a lot (whether this is a placebo effect or actual effect, I have no idea). There was a tour day scheduled in Cusco but we kind of wanted to explore on our own so we wandered away from the group for the day. We decided to do a chocolate making workshop at ChocomuseoWe went through the entire process from roasting the beans to grinding the beans down to a paste (so hard to do by hand!) to making our own chocolate bars with lots of different flavorings. It was a lot of fun and pretty cheap at 70 soles.

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All of our chocolate flavoring options (Mint, Pepper, Coca, Crackle, Ginger,…)

For lunch, we had a delicious meal of lomo saltado (sauteed beef with vegetables and fried potatoes) at ChiCha. The beef was very tender and the mushrooms were a nice surprise.

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Lomo Saltado with Rice and 2 kinds of Bread

We also had a chance to walk to San Pedro market, which was filled with cool things to see (many different types of potatoes, cheese, butcher stands, and fruit markets).

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Strawberries, Passionfruit, and Corn

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You can also apparently buy snake!

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