The Best Two Places Before Machu Picchu

Walter Coraza Morveli

Cocalmayo Paradise, Santa Teresa (Walter Coraza Morveli)

Cocalmayo Paradise, Santa Teresa (Walter Coraza Morveli)

There are two incredible places you should visit on the road to Machu Picchu. One of those is the paradise of Cocalmayo and the other is the fascinating garden of Mandor. Both are found on the Inca Jungle route to the world famous site.

The Inca Jungle is an alternative and famous route that takes you to this Wonder of the World. It is one of the most popular treks for travelers who have fewer resources or were not able to schedule an Inca Trail journey with sufficient advance. Along the way you enjoy amazing scenery, vegetation, animals, and much more. Read the rest of this entry

Orchids Abound in Peru

Brayan Coraza Morveli

Beatiful Orchids in Machu Picchu (Walter Coraza Morveli)

Beautiful Orchids in Machu Picchu (Walter Coraza Morveli)

Some flowers hold a special place in the heart of almost everyone because of their beauty and scent. One of these is a special flow, the orchid. Peru has a great natural diversity of orchids in its three regions. Some of the most beautiful orchids of the world are from Peru.

More than 3000 species of orchids are found in our country. These beautiful flowers inspire many things, for example passion and desire. They grow between 100 and 4600 meters above sea level and many are in danger of extinction because of illegal commerce and the destruction of their habitat. Read the rest of this entry

The Wondrous Manjar Blanco Makes Many Delights

(Cortesía: Lácteos Isla Blanca)

A Delicious Treat with Caramelized Milk

A Delicious Treat with Caramelized Milk

Caramelized milk, called manjar blanco en Peru and in other areas dulce de leche, arequipe, or cajeta, is one of the traditional sweets of Latin America. This should not be confused with the Catalonian manjar blanco.

Not only does this treat have different names depending on the country you are in, it also has variations in its preparation. It is widely used in desserts such as alfajores, cakes, ice creams, pastries, or in daily life as a companion for breakfast and dessert. Read the rest of this entry

Water, Yunzas, and Live Music Made Yesterday Ring

Arnold Fernandez Coraza

Kacharpari Carnavalesco (Walter Coraza Morveli)Kacharpari Carnavalesco (Walter Coraza Morveli)

Kacharpari Carnavalesco (Walter Coraza Morveli)

Yesterday, Sunday, Carnival came to an end in fun and joy. Various yunzas were carried out in the city’s neighborhoods. The end of Carnival is a grand celebration, usually with concerts and live music. Those who are responsible for organizing a yunza contract with groups specialized in cumbia, chicha, or huayno who come to the stage after the tree has fallen, at night, and play the music people ask for. Read the rest of this entry

By Walter Coraza Morveli and Hebert  Huamani Jara

Last Day of Cusco's Carnival

Last Day of Cusco’s Carnival (Walter Coraza Morveli)

Today, Sunday, is called Kacharpari, or the last burst of Carnival. It is an intense celebration. Joy invades Cuzco’s streets and plazas with parading dance troupes and allegorical cars (floats) filling the city with the pulse of Carnival music.

This morning, in the Plaza de Armas, groups from different institutions will do a parade, a pasacalle, for the eighth day of Carnival, its close. The will salute with a diversity of dances in order to spread cheer among local people and visitors, all of whom enjoy the typical play of Carnival. Read the rest of this entry

Cuzco’s Fairs Make Saturdays Fun

Arnold Fernandez Coraza

Statue of Tupac Amaru in Wanchaq (Photo: Alonzo Riley)

Statue of Tupac Amaru in Wanchaq (Photo: Alonzo Riley)

Every Saturday in Cuzco fairs appear on the city’s plazas. In them you will find gastronomy, flowers, pots, household goods, and much more. From 10 am on everything is ready for them to begin. Little by little people arrive to look for whatever is new.

Even just an hour after the fairs have begun, crowds have arrived. Everything is full. They walk down the rows to keep chaos at bay. The sellers announce their products with a loud voice. The call to the people who are walking by with words they hope will convince them to look and buy. Some of the words they use are: “Buy here and I will give you a good discount that you won’t find anywhere else.” Read the rest of this entry

Medicinal Waters of San Pedro

Brayan Coraza Morveli

Medicinal Waters of San Pedro

Medicinal Waters of San Pedro

The San Pedro District is located at 3450 meters above sea level in Canchis Province, Cuzco Department. Hundreds of people, both from Cuzco and from other countries visit this place given its well known medicinal importance.

The medicinal waters of San Pedro are well known and much commented in the city of Cuzco. They are said to relieve a variety of complaints that affect us regularly. Lots of people say they have gone and many more desire to visit the place of such famous medicinal waters and see for themselves if they can help alleviate some of the things that bother them. Read the rest of this entry

The Wondrous Cock of the Rocks

Walter Coraza Morveli

Peruvian Gallito de las Rocas in Machupicchu (Walter Coraza Morveli)

Peruvian Gallito de las Rocas in Machupicchu (Walter Coraza Morveli)

Some days ago, in my last trip to Machu Picchu, I had the great luck to see for the first time the cock of the rocks. This beautiful and rare bird is notable for its unbelievably glorious plumage is now considered the national bird of Peru.

I was walking from the Hydroelectric plant to Aguas Calientes which is the Inca Jungle route to Machu Picchu. Suddenly, while I was walking along the train rails, I heard the wing beat of a bird and saw before me something wonderful flying by to a tree. I got closer and it was a cock of the rock. Read the rest of this entry

Wonderful Road Food along Cuzco’s Highways

Signs for Road Food (Brayan Coraza Morveli)

Signs for Road Food (Brayan Coraza Morveli)

Brayan Coraza Morveli

Miles away from the city on asphalt and dirt roads you will find different towns through which every day people pass. They arrive there on their way to work, family, vacations, etc. As they travel down the highways of Cuzco.

On the road through many of these towns you can find a different gastronomy than that of the city. For example there is river trout, huaico potatoes with cheese from that same place, chicken soup made from home-raised hens, or a delicious chicharrón made from pork raised in local homes. The taste is very different and the flavor is what matters. Read the rest of this entry

Water and Carnival Go Together in Cuzco

By Arnold Fernandez Coraza

The full celebration of Carnival arrived finally the 15th of February. Every year it is an intense battle with buckets of water, balloons, water guns, and cans of spray. All of these found use in every neighborhood of the city. From ten in the morning, when the sun was fully up, Carnival began in its full splendor.

Yunzadas were carried out in various neighborhoods of the city of Cuzco. To be prepared people filled lots of balloons with water in order to throw them during the height of the yunza, when the tree finally fell. Read the rest of this entry

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