McDonald’s opens fast food restaurant in Cusco, Peru

Living in Peru
Israel J. Ruiz

Just months after it was announced that a McDonald’s, Starbucks and KFC would be opened in Cusco’s historic main square, representatives of the golden arches in Peru announced the fast food restaurant was now open for business.

With a $900,000 investment, Cusco’s first McDonald’s, which is located in the Imperial City’s Plaza de Armas, is to open its doors to the public today, announced Fernando de la Flor, Peru’s general manager of the multinational.

"We are happy that Cusco is receiving us on this opportunity. Cusco is our country’s historic capital and has the most important historic monuments such as Machu Picchu or Coricancha," said De la Flor, explaining the city was also Peru’s tourism capital.

"Today we have the chance to meet the people of Cusco, who will always be received well in our McDonald’s home," affirmed the general manager.

The international fast food chain has nineteen restaurants in Peru and employs over 1,000 people.

It has been reported that the coffeehouse chain Starbucks will also have an establishment in the city’s main square.