Cusco is my home. It’s my home for a reason. I chose to live here originally because the jungle (Iquitos) where I wanted to live is just too dangerous for foreigner due to crime, but I have stayed because I simple have fallen in love with this incredible place.
The one thing I tell every visitor when I meet them is that Cusco has so much more to see than the typical tourist sites. I know it’s not possible for everyone to stay more than a day or two, but if you can, you have a chance to actually experience Cusco instead of just seeing it.
If there’s one thing any visitor must do, it’s get out of the centro historico (Plaza de Armas and San Blas) and get to know the real Cusco, not the tourist facade. Cusqueños are typically warm and friendly people. Like everyone, they can be a little jaded towards foreigners invading their city for such a short tie and rude, obnoxious tourists will leave a bad feeling with anyone.
However, they react strongly to people who respect them, their city, and their country. Speaking just a little Spanish really goes a long way. Smiles and patience are also greatly appreciated.
Saying “hola” or “buenos dias” with a smile to anyone who makes eye contact will certainly get a similar reaction and usually an even bigger smile.
” Selfies are to show others you were there. Experiences are deep memories that remind you that you were there. “4 October, 2019
Cusco is regarded as one of the safest cities in Peru. Crime is pretty rare — even in the tourist areas. Don’t be afraid to get out and walk in the neighborhoods. Don’t be afraid to go into a local tienda (store) and talk a little with your minimal Spanish. I promise they won’t mind. Spend a couple of soles (less and $1) and you’ll be a remembered friend!
Above all else, try your best to take back experiences, not selfies. Selfies are to show others you were there. Experiences are deep memories that remind you that you were there.