The Andean Owl, a Bringer of Ill Fortune and Wisdom

Tuco Malagüero (Milton Rodriguez)

Tuco Malagüero (Milton Rodriguez)

Walter Coraza Morveli

The owl is one of the important birds of the Andes. It carries a lot of significance and mystery. It is also known as tuco and is considered a bird that announces death. At the same time it is a symbol of good fortune and wisdom.

Our grandfathers mostly knew the owl as the taco malagüero, that is the tuco who brings bad omens. It is a bird of the Andean highlands and lives above 3500 meters altitude. Its scientific name is buvus virginianos. Read the rest of this entry

Exchange Is Deep Inside Peruvians

Brayan Coraza Morveli

Potatoes in Cuzco (Walter Coraza Morveli)

Potatoes in Cuzco (Walter Coraza Morveli)

The exchange of products is the action of giving and then receiving something back. It is very important in our country, Peru. Since ancient times products from different regions and zones of the country arrive in exchange.

In the past exchange was carried out between nearby zones. It was done without money and with products. People had to walk long ways taking and carrying products. Today, modern transport helps carry the goods from one place to another in a more versatile way, saving time. More and more places are now reachable by roads and modern transport. Read the rest of this entry

Locro de Zapallo, a Cuzco's Traditional Dish (Walter Coraza Morveli)

Locro de Zapallo, a Cuzco’s Traditional Dish (Walter Coraza Morveli)

Arnold Fernandez Coraza

What shall I cook? That is a question posed by all homemakers, whatever their gender, as well as restaurant chefs who have to prepare every day a different fixed lunch. In an interview with people in charge of preparing the menu, the fixed lunch, in different restaurants we were told that the most complicated task they faced was not the cooking but deciding what to cook for that pesky, obligatory fixed course lunch. Read the rest of this entry

How Should Cusco’s Name Be Pronounced?

David Knowlton

Cuzco From the Mountains (Walter Coraza Morveli)

Cuzco From the Mountains (Walter Coraza Morveli)

“The people of Lima say the name of our city wrong. It is insulting. Instead of saying it with the full sound of the s, like we do, they replace it with a different sound, [what in Spanish we call] a J In English it is an H, isn’t it?”

Eyes glaring with anger, a young attorney from Cuzco, expressed this opinion strongly. “They say ‘Cuhco’ instead of ‘Cusco’. It sounds wrong. Why can’t they be respectful and pronounce it right. I live in Lima and always correct people when they say it wrong. They do not like it but they should be more respectful.” Read the rest of this entry

Dramatic Protest in Cuzco this Morning

Living and Dead Protestors in Cuzco (Walter Coraza Morveli)

Living and Dead Protestors in Cuzco (Walter Coraza Morveli)

By Walter Coraza Morveli

The Defense Front in Defense of Calca (a province of Cuzco) arrived in the city of Cuzco this morning in a massive mobilization that filled the Plaza de Armas with sounds, signs, bodies, and demands.

Thousands of rural people from Calca traveled to the city in a political pilgrimage, a huge demonstration which just recently left the Plaza for the City’s airport. At the moment they have blocked roads in and out of the Sacred Valley impacting tourism. Read the rest of this entry

People come to Cuzco for a variety of reasons, be they to experience the wealth of culture that the region has to offer, or just to sit down for some delightful Peruvian dishes in some of the great restaurants in the area. However, what people often fail to realize is that Peru also has a growing gambling industry, which in 2008 had grown into an $80 million market, up from merely $10 million in 2005.

So why exactly are Cuzco’s casinos not making more of a name for themselves? It’s not because there aren’t any, as the area has several large casinos. However, the casinos in Cuzco are falling behind in terms of the technology being implemented in their gaming rooms.Last year, Casino Atlantic City in Lima implemented Bally Technologies, Inc.’s iVIEW Display Manager with Elite Bonusing Suite in an effort to provide much better services to their patrons. Read the rest of this entry

Lightning Loves Gold and Silver

Lightning in Cuzco (Edison Pino)

Lightning in Cuzco (Edison Pino)

David Knowlton

“Watch out for lightning!. Make sure you are not wearing any metal when you are out in the street: rings, watch, or anything. Metal attracts lightning.”

This advice was given to me by a woman in the window seat of our flight from Lima to Cusco as we looked out on Mount Salkantay from our window. It looked close enough to almost touch. But after acknowledging that fact, we did not talk about the glaciated and jagged peaks. Instead, in her native San Geronimo accent she warned me about lightning because the rains had now started and lightning had come to the highlands. Read the rest of this entry

The Flaming Chariot

Brayan Coraza Morveli

A long time ago, when the city of Cuzco was still surrounded by fields and forests, some communities near the city still were outside the influence of modern technology. They did not have telephones and only a few had electricity, especially those with a reservoir of water from which they could get electric service.

All the people and the families carried out their daily routines such as dedicating themselves to agriculture and raising cattle or sheep. They started working very early in the mornings and they returned home at nightfall. Read the rest of this entry

Cuzco’s Varied Pastas

Tallarines al Horno (Oven Baked Fettuccine)

Tallarines al Horno (Oven Baked Fettuccine)

Arnold Fernandez Coraza

There are various types of pastas in Cusco, what we call fides. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Each has its own name.

For example we have the elbow fideo that is like a macaroni. It is especially good for making a main dish of fideos. The dish is made up with potatoes diced into small squares and with meat that is similarly minced.

We also have what we call macaroni which is mostly used for soups. Angle hair, like the macaroni, is for the making of soups. It is called angel hair because the pasta is so thin. Read the rest of this entry

Tacos Have Taken Cuzco

Brayan Coraza Morveli

Tacos in Cusco (Walter Coraza)

Tacos in Cusco (Walter Coraza)

Tacos are a dish that originated in Mexico’s gastronomy where it is a typical, defining food. It consists, as almost every one knows by now, of a round tortilla made from corn wrapped around a filling such as meat to which you can add a hot sauce, if you wish.

Tacos have now made their way all around the world, it seems. They are consumed all over the place as fast food. Even in Cusco you will find places that make and sell tacos to the public. Above the Plaza of San Blas there is a taco restaurant for tourists (Tacomania, Tandapata 917) and in other parts of the city you find stands dedicated to local people. The flavor of the tacos is no doubt different from those in Mexico, especially since the tortillas are bought in the supermarket and those are generally not made from corn. Read the rest of this entry

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