Language immersion gets results. Are you interested in brushing up on your Spanish? Cusco, founded by the ancient Inca people centuries ago, is a South American gem. There are still original Inca walls and buildings in use today. The small-town feel of Cusco is authentic. Food and lodging are inexpensive. The people of Cusco may be the community’s greatest treasure. Interacting with the citizenry is as easy as walking down the street.
The hotels in Cusco offer reasonable prices and excellent service. The employees speak English. They have good people-skills; if you want to practice your Spanish, they will happily oblige. The cost of a room covers breakfast. The kitchen employees likely speak Spanish only. This provides language-learning tourists another opportunity. The standard location of the kitchen is the top floor. Guests have the option of eating inside or on a table just outside with a view.
Breakfast includes scrambled eggs and thinly sliced ham and cheese. There is usually French bread and jam. Cereal is available; however, there are two flavors of yogurt to serve with it in place of milk. The yogurt is thin enough to be a beverage, yet full-bodied for milk. Combining it with cereal is delicious.
Walking in Cusco is the best way to interact with the locals. Investigate how to get downtown. The closer you get to the markets and the central plaza, the more local street vendors you meet. You get a language immersion experience every time. You make it as in-depth as you wish. People are selling carved gourds, paintings, hats, and keychains. The homemade llamas are inexpensive and make a beautiful keepsake.
The vendors are friendly. They are also persistent. If you are not in the mood to purchase any of their wares, then tell them. The seller earns nothing until a sale is made. She will keep trying until you go somewhere else. Be honest, but use the vendor’s steadfast determination to practice your second language. A good strategy is to ask them questions. Remember: The person asking the questions leads the conversation. When you decide it is time to leave, make eye-contact and say goodbye. Walk away without looking back.
Cusco offers tourists the opportunity to rub elbows with Peruvians. The food is good, and lodging is affordable. Language learners practice as much as their heart desires.