Good news for sports crazed NFL football fans traveling in Peru. It’s possible to catch the upcoming divisional playoffs, conference championships, and this year’s Super Bowl in cities across the country. Four teams rested last weekend, having secured first round byes during the wild card round of the 2012 NFL Playoffs. They’ll each host a game this weekend. When in Cusco it’s possible to find a great spot to catch some games.
Catch the games in Cusco and try a Cusquena beer.
Where to watch NFL football in Cusco, Peru
A year ago, Melissa and I were traveling through Peru for two months. We explored the ruins of Kuelap, rode a dune buggy in the desert and had a ceviche making lesson. Then we concentrated on something real important. Where would we live during crunch time of the NFL season? We decided to live at a homestay in Cusco that we found on AirB&B, took Spanish lessons with Mundo Antiguo, and volunteered for Aldea Yanapay.
On the weekends we’d head to Cusco’s Plaza de Armas. Many sports pubs dot this historic spot. Norton Rat’s Tavern, Paddy’s Irish Bar, and The Real McCoy were our favorite bars to meet fellow volunteers or travel buddies who were passing through Cusco while Melissa and I lived there. I gave our new friends lessons on the basics of football and understanding how to watch the NFL.
Catch these teams at Cusco’s pubs.
Watch NFL playoffs at Norton Rat’s Tavern
Norton Rat’s Tavern is by far the largest of the sports pubs we frequented. They have dartboards, and at least one pool table, so there are games to play during halftime. Norton Rat’s Tavern is located at Loreto 115 on the second floor and offers a full menu of bar favorites and a wrap around oval shaped bar. Televisions are scattered throughout Nortons Rat’s which is decorated with colorful sports memorabilia. An outdoor balcony offers panoramic views of the Plaza de Armas and the small roads that lead to the steps of the Cusco Cathedral.
Line up the pints at Paddy’s during the half time show
Paddy’s Irish Bar is the highest Irish owned pub in the world. The altitude in Cusco can take your breath away and effects from alcohol are magnified at high elevation. So be careful to drink slowly. Paddy’s is at the corner of the Plaza de Armas at Calle Trinufo 124 on the second floor. The bar is sectioned into two rooms with televisions scattered around. They boast curries, Irish Breakfasts, and shepherd’s pie to go with your Cusquena beer or Jameson on the rocks.
Backpacking in Peru didn’t prevent us from catching the end of the football season.
Chow down on dinner specials for a tailgate at The Real McCoy
According to their facebook page this restaurant will be closed until March 1st. The Real McCoy is a treat for hungry stomachs and travelers who need information on Cusco and beyond. The English pub has a varied menu which kept us coming back to their dining room. The Real McCoy is located at Calle Plateros 326 on the second floor (you’ll have to go through an outdoor market). They probably won’t have the NFL action on when you arrive but ask the friendly staff to find the game on their satellite television. They were able to find me the Baltimore Ravens playoff game last year and I watched Ray Rice run all over the field as I ate a hearty roast dinner with trimmings. The restaurant hosts a frequent pub quiz and offers a book exchange and newspapers to read.
All three of these pubs were located near Cusco’s Plaza de Armas where Melissa and I spent one crazy New Year’s Eve. They are all located on the second floor and have English speaking staff. Click here for information on a pub in Lima to watch the NFL games.