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Backpacker Magazine – November 2013

Best Adventure Eating: Baked Guinea Pig

by: Kim Phillips


In the Andean countries of Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, and Bolivia, reach for a baked, fried, or spit-roasted whole or half cuy (pronounced “coo-ey” or “quee”). The childhood pet in the U.S. is a traditional entrée south of the equator; it looks like dark turkey meat but tastes more like rabbit, says our scout: “It’s not gamey at all, like venison. But there’s not a lot of meat on the bones.” Better order the whole after all.


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