There are a lot of things I love about Cusco, for example the landscapes, views, nature, and history. I love to meet with local people on the streets, buy their local products and talk with them about their life. Usually I have my “caseras” or “caseros” – the sellers from whom I buy the same products all the time. I often buy quinoa, kiwicha or maca as a breakfast as well as herbal tea emoliente as a great evening beverage. Buying from them makes my street shopping more personalized and it is really a nice part of my daily life in Peru.
I have also my “casero” from whom I buy delicious, warm and very sweet desserts – platano al horno. Platano al horno is nothing more than baked bananas. When you eat them, they literally melt in your mouth. Peruvians use a special kind of banana which after baking are very sweet – platanos maduros. You can order platano al horno only in some restaurants. However, it’s more common to find them on the street.
The name of my “casero”, who sells me baked bananas, is Seferino. He appears on one of the street which I pass almost each day. It is always a big challenge for me to pass him without buying this unique Peruvian snack :-), so the result is that I buy it almost everyday. First, I love these sweet, baked bananas and second, I really like to meet that 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 hope you will have some luck and meet him on your way during your visit to this lovely city. If you love sweets, I am sure you will enjoy its taste. Each warm banana costs only 1 sol. It is the cheapest and healthiest dessert you can imagine. And a delicious one too!