Arnold Fernandez Coraza

Have a dish of Puchero (Walter Coraza Morveli)

Have a dish of Puchero (Walter Coraza Morveli)

The colorful and wet feasts of Carnival are strongly felt in our city today. Today, Sunday, the 8th of February, throughout Peru Carnival reigns. The feast comes with everything. All will Have fun in the refreshing play with water. They will enjoy water, drink, and the beautiful dances that are found in most of the city. Read the rest of this entry

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Brayan Coraza Morveli

Sharing a Glass of Beer During the Carnival feast in Cuzco (Photo: Walter Coraza Moreli)

Sharing a Glass of Beer During the Carnival feast in Cuzco (Photo: Walter Coraza Moreli)

Carnaval explodes every year in color, flavor, and music when the calendar rolls around. One week later it also wells up in the cacharpari, the completion and sending off of Carnival. It is a feast where young and old have fun all together. I do not just say this because of the inevitable play with water or foam. These are found all over the world. I say it for the music, the bright colors, and the food. Read the rest of this entry

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Teresa Wilson

My dear friend Robyn announced her anticipation and trepidation about her pregnancy. She is frightened that her child may be born with microcephaly, because of her recent trip to the southern United States. I had not heard of Zika, previously, but her concern drove me to find out more. The fear of Zika, a member of the virus family Flaviviridae has been attracting attention across the world as it has made its way to Peru and the United States. Read the rest of this entry

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Walter Coraza Morveli

A Carving of a Dragon Head in a Post, Chinatown in Lima, Peru

A Carving of a Dragon Head in a Post, Chinatown in Lima, Peru

Chinatown, el Barrio Chino, is one of the very popular places in Lima. It is known because of its Chinese attractions, such as the many restaurant and food offerings and the ambience. It takes you to a different world. Located on Capon street, and about eight blocks long, it is decorated with decorations and Chinese details everywhere. Read the rest of this entry

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Hebert Edgardo Huamani Jara

A Comadre Doll at  San Pedro Market (Hebert Humani)

A Comadre Doll at San Pedro Market (Hebert Humani)

Two Thursday’s before the main celebration of Carnival, during this rainy season, we honor first the compadres, the co-godfathers. On the one right before Carnival, today, we feast the compadres, the co-godmothers. On the first Thursday all the godfathers in our city, which is just about all the adult males raise together their glasses of beer to honor and celebrate each other, each pair of godfathers throughout the city, one after another. The traditional markets and the traditional churches of the city dress for the occasion with color, flavor, and a lot of laughter. In the same fashion is celebrated the second Thursday, that of Comadres, the co-god others. Read the rest of this entry

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Arnold Fernandez Coraza

Children and a LlamaTaking a Rest Close to San Blas Market

Children and a LlamaTaking a Rest Close to San Blas Market

Every day there are Cholitas (women in traditional dress) from Cuzco who come to the Plaza de Armas, the main square and nearby areas of the city’s monumental core to work. They pose for pictures with tourists who come to our beautiful city.

These Cholitas dress in the typical costume of our region. They illuminate our streets while showing off their beautiful hats, colorful skirts, sweaters they themselves have knit, and saddles from car tires on their feet.
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Hebert Huamani Jara

Cuzco by Night (Walter Coraza Morveli)

Cuzco by Night (Walter Coraza Morveli)

In the historical city and region of Cusco there are many attractions to see.

Here is found the great marvel, Machu Picchu. Besides being our greatest attraction, it is a place where one can let your mind roam free, charge yourself with energy from nature all around, and also witness the temples and walls of our ancestors. Read the rest of this entry

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David Knowlton

Seasonings for Cusco Spice Blend (David Knowlton)

Seasonings for Cusco Spice Blend (David Knowlton)

Some things are just amazing. Among these are the flavor combinations of Peru. Disparate in origin, they come together, melding into something greater, a treasure found no where else. 

In them are kernels of ideas, brilliant and unusual like the kaleidoscope of colors in its corn—sunrise, sunset, summer’s day and the inky purple of night. They have superb uses within traditional Peruvian cooking but you can take them into your kitchen and use them in your recipes to surprise and delight. Read the rest of this entry

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Brayan Coraza Morveli

A Father, Mother, and Their Child in Cusco (Brayan Coraza Morveli)

A Father, Mother, and Their Child in Cusco

Among large fields ready for harvest lived a family of a man, a woman and a child. They farmed and raised animals. When the sun came up, the mother and her son would go out to herd their sheep and cattle to find pasture while the father tried to sell the products of their fields.

One night the man heard whispers as if someone were talking very close to him be what he heard was tenuous. As a result he did pay much attention to it and went back to sleep. The same thing happened the next day. Every time the whispers appeared he heard them better. He decided to go outside to see what was happening behind his home. Read the rest of this entry

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Teresa Wilson

Last week, I left my article to go and find warmth as I dived into my cotton pants, cotton shirt and a cup of cocoa.  I had explored the background and uses of cotton and then asked, “Why would cotton be naturally as brown as chocolate?”  I found that answer as I tugged on the most basic threads that make up cotton; DNA.  It seems that somewhere along the long line of evolution, chocolate and cotton had common ancestors! (1)

The plants that we know now as cotton and chocolate were related! 

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