Begging on the Streets
As we found ANYWHERE we went in Peru, there are literally hundreds of adults and children alike trying to peddle their wares to you (since you`ll most likely stand out as a tourist). From homeless to needy children, we always kept change handy to pass out, but there`s simply too many to help. Eventually, you just need to keep walking - though many of the children may simply follow you for blocks.
One problem with the Plaza de Armas is the young girls that are hired to bring customers into the restaurants that line it. They are very cute, super friendly and speak English well too. It's hard to resist them but as with everythng, it grates on you after a while.
Unique Suggestions: Though we never ate at one of them, it's hard to resist going up to get a look. With the high vantage point, you can see the volcanoes of El Misti and Cachani. It's also the best place to get a photo of the Cathedral. We went up for a drink instead of eating. Actually, beer was pretty reasonable but Doreen had a hot chocolate. That wasn't too bad either but she asked for whipped cream and when we got the bill, it was about $2 for the cream, which was probably a third of the entire check!
Fun Alternatives: Another great place for an evening drink is the roof of the Hotel Regis. We decided to get a nice bottle of local Peruvian wine and locally produced cheese and just sit up there and enjoy the view of the volcanoes. You couldn't see the Plaza but sometimes having nature to yourself is better, and cheaper too. ;>
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