八年前我們住在Hostel內,位置在市中心的Plaza de Armas一圏內,明顯是遊客聚居地,活動範圍也只局限在這一小圏。觀光都是參加當地團,當時我一句西班牙文也不會,所以只能與以遊客為生的人接觸。
早餐我們走到SAN BLAS MARKET的小攤吃,只光顧過一次老闆娘已認得我們,當地人的早餐一般都是三文治和一杯咖啡或用quinoa做的(賣相有點像馬蹄露)的飲料。午餐我們也堅持和當地人一樣吃小店的menu - 就是我們的茶餐廳午餐一樣,通常只有A餐和B餐兩款,包括餐湯,主菜和一杯茶,只需s./4-5。
Although we have always travelled on backpacks, you still have a different mindset when you are only travelling once a year for 2-3 weeks, vs when you are always on the road.
I feel significant difference when I visit Cusco this time, after eight years.
Eight years ago, we lived in hostels around Plaza de Armas, obviously a touristic location and we only walk around this small area. We did all of sightseeings on local tours because I wasn’t able to speak a word of Spanish at that time, and could only manage to deal with people in the tourism industry.
This time, we lived in a B&B – a home of an American student who has been in Cusco for 7 years. It is a residential complex, in a quite neighbourhood, but close enough to downtown. We have all daily facilities close by, I really feel the joy of living like a local.
We have breakfast at local stalls in the San Blas market, the breakfast lady already recognized us after the first time. The locals eat sandwiches for breakfast and a cup of coffee or quinoa drink. We insist to have local menu lunch, same as what everyone else do. It is a set lunch, with soup of the day, a main course usually choice of two, and a cup of tea, which costs only s./4-5.
Then, we found out that locals do not eat dinner, their biggest meal of the day is lunch. So, only tourist restaurants and pollerias are open during the night. We had two chicken meals and cooked our own dinners on the other two nights.
Cusco is a very beautiful city, not too big. It feels good walking around, not as crowded as other bigger cities. Moreover, this is where you start if you want to go to Machupicchu. Cusco is definitely my number one choice if you are coming to Peru!!