Pulling Hair, A Traditional Cure for Headache

By Walter Coraza Morveli

Woman Headache

Woman Headache

A traditional technique used by our grandparents to cure intense headaches when pills and other medicines where not available or ineffective is called chucaque, also spelled chukake.

The grandparents say that the strong ache or pain which is itself called chukake, is calles because we are exposed to the intense sun without any protection. We do not put on any hat or cap to cover our head. When people have this ache you can see that their hair is stuck flat against the head. Read the rest of this entry

Drinks for the Day’s Heat and Its Cold

By Brayan Coraza Morveli

Drinking a Glass of Corn Chicha (Walter Coraza Morveli)

Drinking a Glass of Corn Chicha (Walter Coraza Morveli)

With climate change our weather is different every year from what it was in the past. The year’s seasons show greater fluctuation. This is more visible in some areas of the world than in others. In many cases it is causing economic and social damage.

Still, the cold in the Andes blows from corner to corner from dusk. It leaves tracks of frost on roofs, grass, water, and even on our streams. They change from a liquid state to solid. Our rocky hills get painted like snowy peaks, as if this were in style. Read the rest of this entry

By Arnold Fernandez Coraza

Crowds Make Thievery Possible (Wayra)

Crowds Make Thievery Possible (Wayra)

I ran into a friend yesterday and we talked about how crime has increased in our city , compared with earlier years.  We did not used to hear so much about robberies and murders in the news.  Everything was more tranquil and people lived a life with fewer risks

Now we hear about crimes every day, it seems, that fill us with anxiety. They also make us worried about going out at night because of a lack of security.  Even in the day time there are concerns. There are delinquents in the street who look to get easy money, whether through trickery with cell phones or electronic apparatuses which appear to be messed up. It seems there are always new tricks and forms of fraud. Read the rest of this entry

When Should You Eat?

Peruvian Classic Lomo Saltado

Peruvian Classic Lomo Saltado

By David Knowlton

What time do you eat your main meal of the day? Surprisingly, this can vary a lot, even within the same country or city.

In Peru, the people on the coast such as those in Lima, tend to eat their largest meal in the middle of the afternoon, around three pm or so, not unlike they do in Mexico City or in Seville.

However in the highlands, such as in Cuzco, people will eat much earlier. Even if restaurants are more attuned to something in between the mountain norm and that of the coast, many people expect their main meal around noon. Read the rest of this entry

The Best Street for Food, San Agustin

By David Knowlton

A Wonderful Salad at Le Soleil (Walter Coraza Morveli)

A Wonderful Salad at Le Soleil (Walter Coraza Morveli)

A large array of restaurants in Cuzco awaits you, from fine dinning to more rustic fare, from carefully planned creations by named chefs to fast food and street food. However, not all the streets are created equally for food offerings. None surpasses San Agustin street.

This narrow run, ensconced between Inca stone and colonial walls runs two blocks from the historically important Limacpampa Chico Square to Ruinas street, just off Cuzco’s Plaza de Armas, its main square. San Agustin is centrally located and holds a range of hotels and hostels, from some of the finest to some very simple and inexpensive places. Read the rest of this entry

A Visit to the Canyon’s Top

A Truck at the Top of the World (Walter Coraza Morveli)

A Truck at the Top of the World (Walter Coraza Morveli)

By Walter Coraza Morveli

A week ago my friends and I went to visit a community called “Pampa Llacta”. It is located in the Province of Pisac. To got there we drove up the big hills for an hour or so to have a good day enjoying the beautiful landscapes.

Up canyon is an amazing place, so close to the sky you could touch the white clouds. Its beauty enchanted us.

There was nothing better than feeling very relaxed and inhale fresh air. Let me share our experiences with you through pictures. Read the rest of this entry

Elections Are Taking Over The Imperial City

By Arnold Fernandez Coraza

Political Graffiti in Cuzco (Walter Coraza Morveli)

Political Graffiti in Cuzco (Walter Coraza Morveli)

Municipal and regional elections will soon be here. This October 5th voting will take place in Cuzco to elect new government officials.

Both people who hope to take office and those who already have office have prepared for the elections. Each one is doing lots of advertising for their political party. You find it throughout the city of Cuzco.

All adults who have a DNI, a national identity card, will go and vote for their preferred candidate. In order to do that they listened to the proposals of each candidate in order to make their choice and go vote. Read the rest of this entry

Cuzco, Second Best City in Latin America

Cuzco the Illuminated City (Walter Coraza Morveli)

Cuzco the Illuminated City (Walter Coraza Morveli)

The city of Cuzco obtained honors, once again. Travel and Leisure Magazine gave it second place for Mexico, Central and South America in the World’s Best Cities competition. The Imperial City bested such wonders as Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago, Lima and the many amazing resort cities of Mexico, although the city of Mexico came in first place. This is an honor for an amazing place. Read the rest of this entry

Elections Stir up Political Campaigns in Cuzco

By Brayan Coraza Morveli

supporting Kausachun Cusco in the Streets

Supporting Kausachun Cusco in the Streets

This October 5th, municipal and regional elections will take place in Cuzco, as in the rest of the country. For months now political parties have been intensifying their campaigns in hopes to obtain political position and power.
If you walk or drive up and down the streets of the city you cannot miss the signs of an election in process.

On the posts and walls of the city you find flyers and posters of the different candidates who wish to be recognized in the elections. Even the city’s homes, outside the colonial core, have been painted with electoral designs. Political graffiti is increasingly appearing anywhere there are passersby, following an old tradition. Read the rest of this entry

Stray Dogs Roam Cuzco’s Streets

By Arnold Fernandez Coraza

Stray Dog Sleeping in Cuzco's Streets

Stray Dog Sleeping in Cuzco’s Streets

In Cuzco, there are dogs that have no home. They live in the streets. Everyday, you will see them roaming for the markets and garbage dumps hoping to find something to eat.

You will see many dogs roaming the streets of Cuzco. Some have homes and are just out for a spin and to greet their friends, while others live full time in the streets. It can be hard to distinguish between them. Nevertheless, some people will poison these defenseless animals so that they no longer have to suffer life in the street. Read the rest of this entry

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