Cuzco Has Its Own Slang

By Arnold Fernandez Coraza

Cuzco Has Its Own Slang

Cuzco Has Its Own Slang

Every day more people come to the city of Cuzco. Not all are foreigners. More Peruvians are traveling and visiting Cuzco from the many places they reside in our country. People come from Lima, Arequipa, Puno, and more. Their principal goal is to get to know the attractions of our city as well as Machu Picchu.

When they are in our city, they find a small problem while trying to talk with some people of Cuzco. This is particular trange since we all speak the same language. However, the people of Cuzco, just like those of other cities, have their own vocabulary. It may not be all that perfect, since we say words that you will not find, probably, in the Spanish dictionary. We call these words, jergas, or slang. Different cities have different jergas in Peru. Read the rest of this entry

The Food Court Rules These Days in Cuzco

Chinawok Fast Food in Cuzco

Chinawok Fast Food in Cuzco

Brayan Coraza Morveli

In 2014 Cuzco has seen an increase in the consumption of fast food, hamburgers, chicken, and chifas (Chinese-Peruvian food) in the establishments in the center of the city as well as in its new mall, the Real Plaza.

Every day people go to the mall to shop in the different stores inside it and maybe buy something. They also go to the food court where you will find Popeyes, China Wok, Bembos, Oto Grill, and so on. Read the rest of this entry

Cuzco, the Photogenic Place

Walter Coraza Morveli

Sunset Over Cusco's Mountains, Sacsayhuaman (Walter Coraza Morveli)

Sunset Over Cusco’s Mountains, Sacsayhuaman (Walter Coraza Morveli)

Cuzco has amazing scenery for photographers, including urban-scapes with Inca and contemporary as well as pleasing natural scenery. It is a have for us photographers and allows us to perfect our art as we engage it with our cameras in all its splendor.

We know that nature is photogenic and it seems to enjoy being photographer. You just have to leave the city a little bit and take the route between Cuzco and the Sacred Valley to find splendid scenery for every photographic taste. Read the rest of this entry

Days of The Andean Week

The Inca and the Sun (Gaby Filgueira)

The Inca and the God Sun (Gaby Filgueira)

Walter Coraza Morveli

For the people of the Andes, the days of the week begin in the following way with a celebration of different Inca deities. On the first day we recognize the most important Inca god, the sun. Read the rest of this entry

Cañazo, Cuzco’s Other Drink

Arnold Fernandez Coraza

Making Cañazo beverage

Making Cañazo beverage

The Imperial City of Cusco, more known as a chelero-town, a beer drinking place, is given this name because during its year, its calendar is filled with fiestas. The people of the city celebrate each of their events with their beers. Because so many cases of beer are consumed during these days Cuzco is called the place of beer.

People in Cuzco drink beer because when they do so they come together in unity. It is said that to share beers is to erase for a few moments all ones sorrows and bring out all the joy and happiness that is appropriate during feasts. This is one of the arguments that people give for drinking during celebrations. Read the rest of this entry

Fairies and the Fig Tree

Duende (Marvin Edu Bravo Aquise)

Duende (Marvin Edu Bravo Aquise)

Brayan Coraza Morveli

People tell many stories about duendes, a general word for us to describe goblins, elves, trolls and such. They are both real and imaginative. Other people insist they have seen duendes and that they had unforgettable experiences.

They say that when a child is born it has a fairy, a duende, who comes and plays with it. You may have asked many times: “Who is my child talking with?” Or, why does she laugh so much when she is alone?” It is said that these duendes are delightful personages who play and laugh along with your children but as they get bigger they forget about all of this that they have experienced.

Some people insist that the duendes are bad and bother the children making them uncomfortable when they sleep or take a siesta. Read the rest of this entry

Sexting and Anxiety in Cuzco

David Knowlton

Texting and sexting are popular in Cusco (Wayra)

Texting and sexting are popular in Cusco (Wayra)

Technology creates changes and often raises anxieties. One such anxiety laden study of cell phones in Cusco was recently published by a group of researchers from Brigham Young University and Utah State University in conjunction with colleagues at the San Antonio Abad University. It addresses the use of these devices by adolescents in Cusco to sext, to transmit sexual messages.

The study’s multiple authors created a survey on texting and sex which was administered widely in colegios, high schools, in Cusco. Read the rest of this entry

Pulses Thrill Cusqueños Year Round

Beans are Delicious Year Round (Walter Coraza Marvel)

Beans are Delicious Year Round (Walter Coraza Marvel)


Arnold Fernandez Coraza

Many foods are found in the city of Cuzco which we can only enjoy fully in their season, such as fresh corn and frozen potatoes. They appear in our markets and our tables only at certain times of the year. Just like these, there are more that people look forward to. The arrival of their season makes people happy.

Then again we also have foods which are found year round, such as our delicious beans and peas. These nourishing pulses find themselves for sale in every one of the city’s markets and many stores. There are various kinds of legumes we eat. Read the rest of this entry

The Marvelous Machu Picchu

By Walter Coraza Morveli

The Magic of Machu Picchu (Walter Coraza Morveli)

The Magic of Machu Picchu (Walter Coraza Morveli)

If there is something to do near Cuzco that is incredible, it is to be in Machu Picchu, to enjoy its pure magic and appreciate its beauty as well as its splendor. It constantly amazes with the seeming infinity angles from which it can be seen. It will always enchant you.

A few days ago I found myself deeply caught in the mystical world of this great legacy the Incas have left us. I was trying to connect with it and grasp how they made this amazing set of buildings which are in complete harmony with nature and with its location. Read the rest of this entry

Hot Infusions to Drive away Cold, Emollients

Have a Good Emoliente in Cusco (Walter Coraza Morveli)

Have a Good Emoliente in Cusco (Walter Coraza Morveli)

Brayan Coraza Morveli

In Peru there is a common drink in the evening that we call “emolientes” or emollients, even though many people shorten the word to just “

molientes”. These beverages are important options to combat the cold that runs through our city almost as soon as the sun goes down. The people who make their living making and selling emollients in the street work at two times where the sales are strong, mornings and evenings. Read the rest of this entry

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