David Knowlton

Working a Field in the High Lands of Cusco

Working a Field in the High Lands of Cusco

The mountain and hill slopes of Peru look different from those where I grew up int eh Western United States. Around Cusco and elsewhere in the Andean republic they look quilted from a myriad of small field and foot paths while in my home they are large swaths of uninterrupted space. The difference is that in Peru they slopes have been cultivated continuously for millennia.

Though the slopes are very steep still they contain fields, as if every bit of land were valuable for producing food and sustenance. You can see the boundaries marking families’ plots and some days you will see men and women working them, using a foot plow, a chaquitaqlla, to turn the earth and plant seed.  Read the rest of this entry

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Fernando Delgado Aguirre

The night before Peruvian Independence Day Cusco’s streets are filled with tourists, mostly from other parts of the country. These days are celebrated with lots of joy and sound in Cusco. Love for our country flows through the streets. Even foreigners get drawn into the celebration. I suppose euphoria is contagious.

While walking down the streets seeking something to make me feel more Peruvian I went to several bars in the city’s center. Read the rest of this entry

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Hebert Edgardo Huamani Jara

Sunset in the Way of Lares

Sunset in the Way of Lares

A photographic outing, waiting for the Golden hour of late afternoon, took us to the thermal baths of Lares to commemorate the Independence of Peru. It is a custom here to make a small trip within the country to take advantage of the long holiday given to us for the Fiestas Patrias, the national holiday.

People choose among many options given the range of destinations within the vast territory that is Peru. Time is scarce, though. People only have two days in which to do a short trip, the 28th and 29th are holidays. However people who work for the Peruvian state have more days free and they carry off longer trips. This whole week is a holiday for state employees. Read the rest of this entry

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The 28th of July is a celebration for all Peruvians, as well as for visitors to our country. They get influenced by the energy and celebrate along with us our Fiestas Patrias, our Independence Day with much passion. Everything is red and white. As you walk down the streets, our balconies, windows, and doors in the city of both businesses and homes are adorned with red and white in balloons and paper chains. These are the colors of our Peru.

You can feel among people their love for our country. On this day many dress in the team shirt of our Peruvian national soccer tea more they add red and White to their clothes. Read the rest of this entry

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Brayan Coraza Morveli

Working in Ayni (Walter Coraza Morveli)

Working in Ayni (Walter Coraza Morveli)

From times past in the highlands of Peru people work together mutually. They share products and other needs that they might have. Ayni is one of the traditional forms of mutual assistance as is the harvesting together of products that require a lot of labor. For this latter you invite all your friends and neighbors to be able to carry out the job without having to pay with money. Instead you pay with reciprocity.

This is not strange because when you build a house or just the first floor all of your friends and neighbors come to help and share, in this way, in the advance of a single family. Read the rest of this entry

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Arnold Fernandez Coraza

Rain in Cuzco

Rain in the City of Cusco (Walter Coraza Morveli)

Cusco surprises more than one person. After having lived extraordinary fiestas in the month of June and July almost without rain, suddenly in July strong rains begin to fall over the city in the morning watering everything.

For several days the rains stick around provoking an intense cold in the city. On awakening and seeing everything wet people wonder why it rained since it is not the rainy season. Read the rest of this entry

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Hebert Edgardo Huamani Jara

¡I am Peruvian!

¡I am Peruvian!

Cusco gets all dressed up in red and white during the month of July. Its streets, markets, commercial centers, and the majority of its businesses are decorated in these colors, whether with paper chains, balloons, small paper flags, or more. Wherever one goes down the arteries of the city, whether in buses, taxis or private cars, you can feel the patriotism that unites us as Peruvians. Even the windshields show national pride.

The national symbols, the rosette, the national shield, and the flag are widely sold this month. They are offered with pins to wear them on your chest, as a sticker and in many other products so that patriotic colors fill the city and make you part of the celebration. Even lampposts join the party. They too are adorned in red and white, the colors of our Peru. Read the rest of this entry

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Arnold Fernandez Coraza

A Stand of Different Varieties of  Zapallo in Huancaro Market  (Hebert Huamani Jara)

A Stand of Different Varieties of Zapallo in Huancaro Market (Hebert Huamani Jara)

What shall I cook? That is the question that all of our mothers ask every day as they think about the day’s lunch. Every day they go form their homes to the markets and stores to buy the needed ingredients to make their family’s meal.

In the city’s markets you can find a great diversity of diverse ingredient to choose from. They are in good conditions and well set out in their different stands. Read the rest of this entry

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Walter Coraza Morveli

Charquecan Homemade (Walter Coraza Morveli)

Charquekan Homemade (Walter Coraza Morveli)

From the moment I arrived La Paz captivated me with its rich gastronomy. In the city all of Bolivia as well many nations are represented in the city’s food offerings. I was especially enchanted by the many types of typical foods of La Paz and elsewhere and how they were shared.

One weekend, the family who hosted us decided to prepare a special family lunch and share with us, in this way some of the best of Bolivia’s cuisine. Read the rest of this entry

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Arnold Fernandez Coraza

Dancing in a Cargo (Walter Coraza Morveli)

Dancing in a Cargo (Walter Coraza Morveli)

The fiestas of the Virgin of the Carmen are experienced in the enchanting town of Paucartambo which is just a few hours from the City of Cusco. To this place come people from all over Peru and the world.

When I went there this year, many fascinating things that take place there struck me, especially the cargos, the tasks and places where cargo holders host the dance troupe they sponsor as well as guests. Read the rest of this entry

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