David Knowlton

Enjoying Kushka...Fe

Enjoying Kushka…Fe

Cusco has many great places. A favored one is the corner of Espaderos and the Plaza Regocijo that used to be occupied by Kushka…Fe and before that by Varayoc. For decades now, people have enjoyed the beauty and comfort of the place, under one name or another, yet now it stands empty with a cardboard sign on its door.

Its latest resident has gone and found another wonderful place and that place is worth noting for people who look for comfortable cafes in which to sit, enjoy coffee, converse, and eat. It is worth it, then, to keep track of where Kushka…Fe has gone. Read the rest of this entry

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Hebert Edgardo Huamani jara

A Steaming Dish of Adobo

A Steaming Dish of Adobo

Every chance I get to eat a Cusco-style adobo I am pleasantly surprised by its flavor and combination of texture. From the first moment when I see the large bowl filled with a red broth, spicy and fragrant, in which are submerged large chunks of pork. On its surface, soft pieces of onion dance with a colorful, whole rocoto (hot pepper). It is a fiesta and it all easily seduces my palate.

In Cusco you will find adobo for sale year round. Its name appears on the signs for the restaurants that sell chicharrón (crispy, deep-fried morsels of pork) as well as in some picanterías . It draws the eyes of passersby. Read the rest of this entry

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Arnold Fernandez Coraza

Enjoying the Sun in Cusco

Enjoying the Sun in Cusco

Birds begin to sing, announcing a new day. The sun comes out slowly, illuminating and giving color to the Imperial City. At the same time, people awaken and begin another day.

The sun shines under a blue sky and the clouds are scattered as the sun shares its warm rays with everyone. People look at the sky and realize that the day is going to be sunny. They leave home dressed in light clothing. After 9 AM the heat makes itself felt and people rush to find caps and dark glasses. Read the rest of this entry

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Walter Coraza Morveli

A Rainy Day and a Rainbow on Cusco

A Rainy Day and a Rainbow on Cusco

One day the God Pachacamac lifted the Andean Ñusta, the princess, to the highest part of heaven we call it hanan pacha, and said: “I will give you this vessel of water so that from the sky you can water the fields of earth. Obedient to the commands of god she watered the Empire’s fields every day.

She had a younger brother who was happy, playful, and mischievous. One morning he woke up and thought: “I’m going to go visit my sister and play a trick on her.” Read the rest of this entry

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Hebert Edgardo Huamani Jara

Homemade Granola

Homemade Granola

Nutritious, sweet, and with touches of fruit. That is granola, depending on the creativity and taste of those who make it. In Cusco it is a suggested companion for those moments when you fight hunger. It is perfect for outings to the countryside, since it is light, nutritious, and easily digested. You can find it in out supermarkets, stores, and in a few carts within the city.

Throughout the imperial city you find granola at comfortable prices. Those who produce it price it according to the quantity. You also find it made into bars the size of a turron. They are made with quinoa, wheat, kañiwa and other grains and seeds from our region, and are bathed in honey and carob syrup (algarrobina). Of course the price goes up if it has walnuts, raisin,pecans, or dehydrated fruit. All of these dance within the mixture of a granola. The granola bars can be found from 1 sol to bags that are 5 soles of more, according to size. Read the rest of this entry

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Arnold Fernandez Coraza

Common Papaya in Cusco

Common Papaya in Cusco

The City of Cusco dresses up in bright colors every day with the arrival of fruit to our markets. The vendors arise early to receive them and set them out carefully on their stands for sale. With much enthusiasm they choose the ripest fruit to place front and center before their clients.

Much of the fruit sold in our markets is not for sale all year round. It only appears in its season. Examples include chirimoya and coconut. Nevertheless, we also have fruit that are our companions throughout the year, such as the papaya. You can always find it in our markets. Read the rest of this entry

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Brayan Coraza Morveli

Lovers in Cusco

Lovers in Cusco (Walter Coraza Morveli)

It is common today to see couples living together without being married. They do so for many reasons. One of which is probably economics, i.e. the cost of getting married. Another is that they do not like the idea of getting married and that living together is good enough to form a family.

These situation seem like an ancient Inca tradition which from times past until today continues in many communities of our country. It consists of living together as a test before marriage an d is called servinakuy. The meaning of this term is mutual services, where the young man would ask for the hand of the woman in order to begin life together and establish a home with her. Read the rest of this entry

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David Knowlton

The Entrance to Coffee Museum

The Entrance to Coffee Museum

Do you like coffee? Do you pay attention to the balance of flavor? Then Cusco has something new for you, the Museo del Cafe or Museum of Coffee on Espaderos Street 136. Even if you do not the new Coffee Museum is for you with its attractive and informative dioramas and its beautiful space.

Although it already receives visitors The museum is scheduled for a formal opening on Monday, August 24th.

Not only is this a museum, it also is dedicated to serving guests coffees that thrill in a comfortable and well-decorated space. Read the rest of this entry

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Arnold Fernandez Coraza

Studying English in Cusco's Maximo Nivel

Studying English in Cusco’s Maximo Nivel

More and more you will see people in Cusco working to learn English. In our city there are various institutions that teach this language, such as Maximo Nivel, the Centro de Idiomas, the ICPNA, and others. All of them are good and have excellent teams of teachers.

Unlike the others, Maximo Nivel relies on native speakers of English.

Many people have decided to study at Maximo Nivel, located on the Sun Avenue, because their classes are full immersion. They are carried out completely in English. Because of that the students can obtain good pronunciation of sounds and words that are difficult for us. Read the rest of this entry

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Walter Coraza Morveli

Making Mushroom Churrasco

Making Mushroom Churrasco

One of the best things that the popular fiestas, cargos (feast sponsorships), and festivities of Cusco have is their gastronomy. I am referring to the foods that are from the neighborhoods and towns and its fusion of traditional flavors with new products that come into our market these days.

Cusco’s gastronomy is known for its ample offerings by tradition. It presents the best in variety and types, flavors and scents for all tastes. Among the most popular dishes in the list of our fast food are the anticuchos which are hard to not eat. You will also find a plate of rice with a fried egg, as well as a crispy chicharron with its mint salad. The two make and excellent combination. Of course, there is always our adobo which feels perfect for days of fiesta or for when you are hungover the next morning. Read the rest of this entry

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