Cuenca rules the region as far as culinary diversity and sophistication go, but the Southern Highlands stash some surprises in unexpected places. Vilcabamba caters to the international tastes of an expat crowd, while small communities like Saraguro play host to innovative fusion cuisine. Traditional regional specialties include dishes like cuy (guinea pig; especially roasted). There's better variety in larger cities, but prices are always most budget-friendly where the locals eat.