Every year at the end of June, the last days are filled with fairs put on in different communities or districts featuring special products, livestock showings, games and rides and night-time entertainment.
The Anta Fair is located in Izcuchaca village, about a half an hour collectivo (shared) taxi-ride from Cusco city. This year the many booths were mostly dedicated to gastronomy and agriculture.
Did you know that there are over a thousand different types of potatoes to be found in Peru?
Hundreds of different potato varieties were neatly labeled in various booths, as well as varieties of dried haba beans and kernel corn. Just some of the especially interesting finds this year: marmalade with flavors of cocoa and lemon; maracuya, cocoa and Noni flavored sweet wines, special cheeses like the mantecoso (a creamy) cheese from Cajamarca, and blood red oranges and yaca fruit imported from the jungle.