Peru’s finest petting zoo. No…wait.
There’s more to getting lunch at Arequipa, Peru‘s largest market than just showing up and finding the most popular and promising food stall. You really need to be careful which route you take through the market’s many aisles.
What you should not do, under any circumstances, is start your visit to Mercado San Camilo by walking up the stairs to the balcony that wraps around the second floor of the market.
From the balcony, you can get a view of the entire market.
Including a view of the meat section.
The raw meat section.
Which is surprisingly clean and organized, considering all the meaty tidbits being flung about.
But still an awfully unsettling scene to an empty stomach, especially when viewed from above.
Arequpia’s San Camilo Market is sprawling. But you have to read “sprawling” with a slow southern drawl, dragging out the word so long that it violates the time-space continuum. C’mon, say it with me—
Hidden in the second floor is a small live meat market where you can buy live guinea pigs to take home for dinner. The cuy were plump and healthy, nibbling and squeaking the last of their days away.
But, they won’t sell you dogs or cats. Somehow that would be taking things too far.
We never managed to sit down for lunch at San Camilo Market. We’d seen much much too much.