If I start mentioning all the things I love about Cusco (its landscapes, views, nature, and history), it could take a while. I love to meet local people on the streets, buy their products and talk with them about their lives. Staying in the same place for a long time makes you appreciate it, and have the best choice of places and sellers (known as caseras or caseros) to buy from.
Due to my healthy lifestyle, I often buy quinoa, kiwicha or maca for breakfast and herbal tea (known as emoliente) as an evening beverage. My relationship with these sellers makes my street shopping experience more personalized and something I look forward to in my daily life in Peru.
The other delicious thing I can’t skip is Platano al Horno. Despite being nothing more than baked bananas, it makes for a warm, sweet and addictive dessert! When you try some you will understand me – they literally melt in your mouth. Keep in mind, that Peruvians use a special kind of banana, platanos maduros, which become sweet in the baking process. You can order platano al horno in some restaurants, however, it’s more common to find them on the street.
The name of my “casero”, who makes me risk my figure and sells me this delicious treat, is Seferino. You can always find him on one of the streets I pass on a daily basis. I must confess that it is always a big challenge for me to pass him without buying this unique Peruvian snack… which, to be honest, I buy almost everyday.
Besides my love for these sweet, baked bananas; I really like meeting the man and exchange a few words with him. He waits for clients in the same place, almost everyday, for at least a few hours (in the late mornings and early afternoons). I suggest that you come and meet him during your visit to this lovely city, especially if you love sweets! Each warm banana costs only 1 Sol. It is the cheapest and healthiest dessert you can imagine. Just try it!