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  • A Quick Guide to Cusco´s Street Food!

    Street food in Cusco! Should you try it? People back home for sure told you not to and so do some travel guides…. But living in Cusco as a Spanish student, we think you should! It´s a cheap and quick way to sample local fare and, it’s all great!

    A lot of people have reservations about eating food prepared and sold by a street vendor, but believe me, its normal to do here in Peru and just fine in most cases! Trust your instincts…if it looks bad or you don´t feel right about it, don´t eat it and move along! Also…trust the crowds! A good rule of thumb that I use when traveling…if there is a long line of locals waiting to eat it, it´s probably downright delicious and perfectly safe! If the place is deserted…there´s a good reason for that too…and I don´t want to find out what it is!

    Roast pork sandwiches and choclos in Cusco Peru

    Below is a list of some local Cusco favorites…this is not at all a complete list of available options around town, so explore on your own too and let us know! ! Buen provecho!

    Top 7 Peruvian street food in Cusco

    Anticucho — ¨Meat on a Stick¨ You can find this delicious snack being barbecued on many street corners in Cusco in the evenings. You can choose from chicken, beef, or if you are really adventurous, cow heart, impaled onto what can only be called a deadly weapon (an incredibly sharp skewer made from bamboo) with an extremely dry potato stuck on the end (for safety we presume as the papa is in no way the highlight of the experience.) When trying this perfectly-seasoned delicacy, be sure to sample some of the yummy green chimichurri sauce available at every stand!
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    Many of our newcomers ask themselves what their first week learning Spanish in Cusco at AMAUTA actually will be like. Charged with loads of excitement and ambition they are about to start an amazing adventure far away from home, and undoubtedly this life changing decision comes with plenty of uncertainties.

    As the following testimonial of a recent Spanish student points out, you should not worry about the details and just leave the fun times up to us. The experienced staff of AMAUTA, the first Spanish School in Cusco, will do everything possible to make your stay as comfy as possible, and is always available to answer your questions before and after coming to Peru!

    ”During my first week of Spanish classes I took a placement test with the other new students. As I have an inherent anxiety for any type of exam, I was quite nervous for the outcome. Gladly, the exam turned out to be non-threatening, and I was pleased that the short conversation test was with a friendly professor who made me laugh and feel comfortable with my little knowledge of Spanish.

    What to expect from your 1st week of learning Spanish in Cusco!
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    I wake up early. This week I will have morning classes. My shoes are still drying up on the window sill. The weather this time a year is “loco” here. They do not have seasons as in Sweden or in many other parts. As my Spanish teacher says, “here the birds always sings”. Not as the silent winter.

    Cusco has two types of seasons, rain and sun period. And the moon is opposite than when seen from the skies of Europe. During the mornings, the clouds are still hovering above the distant mountains. My peruvian sister use to tell me that “when it rains in San Blas, it will start rain in Cusco city”, but I think it is very hard to foretell the weather here.

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    Cuy1. Eat the cuy.

    Seriously. One culture’s messy house pet is another’s roasted main course. You might want to avoid its eyes the first time, as it will be served with its face more or less intact.

    2. Add water to the coffee.

    Don’t be a hero, it’s not like sipping Italian-style espresso. It’s a velvety smooth party in your mouth. Try it like the Peruvians in Cusco do, with plenty of hot water or milk and some sugar.

    3. Try the traditional menu.

    Also called the menu típico or menu del día, this delicious option has several names. You’ll probably not finish the several courses you’ll get at a bargain price, but it’s a delicious way to sample traditional fare. You shouldn’t pay more than S/.10-15 and will probably pay less if you ask or look around. If you’re gullible and impatient you will probably pay more, but it’s bound to still taste great regardless of the price.

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