Archive for August, 2012

Maqtillos Make People Use the Crosswalk

Respect the Crosswalk

Respect the Crosswalk

By Hebert Huamani Jara (translation by David Knowlton)

Among the crowds that daily throng in Cuzco’s Avenida Sol, its main artery entering the colonial core, masked figures move, ropes in hand, to snap them on people who do not respect the crosswalks and signal lights.  Called maqtillos, these masked men and women form part of an effort by Cuzco’s government to borrow from local custom to discipline its population and teach it about proper street crossing.   Read the rest of this entry

Pineapple, Ancient and Modern in Cuzco

Three Pineapples in a Row

Three Pineapples in a Row

By Brayan Coraza Morveli and David Knowlton

A native of South America, the pineapple has changed the world at the same time it remains strong in Cuzco.   It is hard to imagine the Imperial city without pineapple juice for breakfast  or its taste along with purple corn in the iconic chicha morada drink that accompanies most meals.   Pineapple, sliced on a plate, is common in this city where the Incas once trod. Read the rest of this entry

The Mystery of Huando, the Sweet Orange

Huando Orange Fruit Ready to Taste

Cara Cara Orange Fruit Ready to Taste

By David Knowlton

For some people the orange seems always the same, a golden ball of pleasure. From the time you first peel it and get that squirt of aromatic freshness to eating the slices or drinking its juice, it is tart and yet sweet. It reminds you of mornings, joy, and days filled with delight. In reality, though, not all oranges are the same, as the people of Cuzco remind us. Read the rest of this entry

August’s Winds Beg Cusqueños to Fly Kites

Fly Kites for Sale

Fly Kites for Sale

By Walter Coraza Morveli (translated by David Knowlton)

In August the winds blow in Cuzco. It is known as the month of wind and brings lots of fun. People fly kites. Flying them is a tradition and is a lot of fun. There are even competitions. Kids love the month of August. All we need are some  bags, string, and scissors to make a kite or two and join with everyone else in the excitement and joy. Read the rest of this entry

Tabboule de quinoa

Tabboule de quinoa

By David Knowlton

Cuzco holds many surprises. One of them are the many exotic, ethnic corners found in the old city. Many have little to do with the history of mass immigration to Peru, unlike ethnic enclaves elsewhere, but rather with the origins of tourists and the development of places for them and their culture that are neither exactly like their homeland nor really Peruvian. These corners of difference live somewhere in between.

La Caverne del Oriente, a charming French fusion restaurant is one of these. Read the rest of this entry

Clouds over Cuzco

Clouds over Cuzco

By Hebert Edgardo Huamani Jara, with some help (and translation) from David Knowlton.

Clouds fill the sky this morning, even though it is the dry season in Cuzco. Those clouds cause conversation, especially in August when many people talk about Las cabañuelas. An ancient means of forecasting the weather for the agricultural year, las cabañuelas has roots in Europe, even though it has connected with traditions from the Inca past. While in the city it is giving way to more high tech means of making forecasts, people still talk about it.

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Festival Opened Today in Cuzco to Go for a Week

Cusco Feria 2012

Cusco Feria 2012

Bouncing music, dance performers, merchants, and the smell of roasting meat fill the senses today and everyday until September 2 in Cuzco’s Beer Garden at the Cusco Feria 2012.  The Municipal government sponsored the event as a “festival for everyone.”  To that end they are not charging admission and the Beer Garden is filled with circulating families and people sitting at tables with mounded plates of food before them.  The festival includes, besides food, folklore, handicrafts, furniture, and auto show and many other commercial displays.  Cuzco Eats presents here photos of food from todays’s event. Read the rest of this entry

Sweet Corn Cake, A Way to Cuzco’s Heart

Try My Sweet Corn Cake

Try My Sweet Corn Cake

By Hebert Edgardo Huamani Jara (translated by David Knowlton)

Sweet corn cake (pastel de choclo), one of Cuzco’s distinctive traditions, keeps crossing borders. It is easy to make and, as a result, in different parts of the world people are learning to make it. They learn from the internet or collections of recipes where many times they have pictures of how to prepare this delicious dessert. Read the rest of this entry

Demonstration Pounded through Cuzco Yesterday

Marchers Entering Cuzco's Plaza de Armas Wednesday, July 22, 2012

Marchers Entering Cuzco's Plaza de Armas Wednesday, July 22, 2012

Suh-lam! And the Plaza de Armas shook yesterday as smoke rose from the “white rat”–a roughly six inch long and one inch thick, illegal, stick of gunpowder.  The explosion may have made many tourists wonder or worry as normality seemed severely shaken.  People jumped in their chairs with shock as the percussion pounded the cafes and restaurants on the Plaza.  Though tourist officials, and workers, might wish such explosions never happened they are a part of the real Cuzco.  Read the rest of this entry

Procuradores by Night

Procuradores by Night

By Hebert Edgardo Huamani Jara (translated by David Knowlton)

Just a step or two off the Plaza de Armas we find Procuradores Street. It is filled with color from the many different businesses that fill its narrow length and the people who walk up and down it. Procuradores is one of Cuzco’s important streets and well worth a visit. Read the rest of this entry

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