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May-2013

Having Chicha At Pisac’s Sunday Market

Although the Sacred Valley in Peru is mainly known for the different Inca sites scattered around, the Andean villages in this area are definitely worth a visit, or more.

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Pisac, only 33 kilometers from Cusco, is one of these villages. Besides a visit to the Inca fortress Intihuatana close to the village, its Sunday market is definitely worthwhile a visit for tourists and locals alike.

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It is an ideal chance to see the locals – mainly women – trade and do their groceries, to shop for some nice souvenirs and occasionally accompany the locals when they are drinking a chicha or two to close of the day before they commence their sometimes hours’ long walks back home.

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Chicha can be found in many other South American countries, can be alcoholic or non-alcoholic and tastes vary depending on the fruits or plants used.

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In Cusco and surroundings chicha is mostly brewed from corn. These days the locally brewed corn beer is mostly brewed mechanically, although homemade chicha still exists and is actually nicer.

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Want to try out some homemade chicha in this region? Look for colored plastic bags tied to a pole above the doors of the houses in the village. Perhaps some locals will be awaiting you.

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