We had just arrived a few minutes outside of Cusco, the capital city of the Incas and had to take a van to our hotel close to the center of town. Since we’re traveling with a group, we tried to fit as many people as possible in one van and had to get taxis for the rest.
In the back seat, I was crammed with three other people, one who was singing along to Queen on the radio. I didn’t pay much attention to what we were driving by because of the singing and I really needed to go to the bathroom and the bumpy roads didn’t help at all.
But when we got to the main square, I shouted, “There’s a Starbucks!” and decided I was going. When traveling, I really like going to local cafes but it has been five months of traveling in South America and I guess you do start to miss some familiar things, in this case, Starbucks.
So for the first time in five months, I had Starbucks in Peru and here are 5 things about my experience there:
We walked up the stairs to the cafe and were welcomed by a security guard who opened the door. That was the first time I’d seen one at a Starbucks.
2. Electric Outlets
Back home, there are Starbucks cafes everywhere. We sometimes go when we want to spend a day working outside of home because there’s guaranteed fast speed internet and it smells good.
Turns out it’s the same everywhere in the world. When we walked in to the Starbucks in Peru, I noticed everyone was on their laptops. There were about five people and four of them had MacBooks.
And when I looked at the electric outlets, it looked weird because they were the same ones from home. I guess I got used to the South American ones. (By the way, and not surprisingly, the majority of the people there were Americans.)
Starbucks in Peru didn’t have the usual green tea or mocha Frappuccinos but they did have others. One was Algorrobina sin café. I was curious, asked what it was and was given a spoon full of algorrobina to try which is a syrup made from black carob tree. It was a bit bitter and had an acquired taste.
I ended up getting it since you can only get this type of Frappuccino in Peru! The alto (tall size) is 300 mL for 13 soles which is about $4.65 USD.
The baristas at the Starbucks spoke English. After ordering, he asked me for my name so they could write it on the cup like they do in every Starbucks. I said, “Bethany”. And when I got my drink I noticed they spelled it very wrong. Badly?!
The Starbucks we went to in Cusco Peru was in a perfect location. Since it was upstairs, they had a balcony with a great view of the main square.
Have you been to a Starbucks in a country other than the one you live in? Leave a comment below!