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Palm Sunday Opens in Cuzco

Brayan Coraza Morveli

People Getting Out from the Church after Blessing Their Palms (Walter Coraza Morveli)

People Getting Out from the Church after Blessing Their Palms (Walter Coraza Morveli)

Every year, Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday, today. On this day people celebrate the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. The palms and the fervor of the population make this day a remembrance of what happened in those times. The faithful follow the activities of Holy Week closely.

From early in the morning people attend mass with palms fronds made into the form of a cross. After they are blessed by the priest people take them home as a symbol of the initiation of Holy Week. Other people prepare these fronds so that people can buy them and take them home. Read the rest of this entry

Water and Incas in Cuzco

David Knowlton

Water from a Puma's Mouth in Cuzco

Water from a Puma’s Mouth in Cuzco

In 1992 the United Nations declared March 22 of every year to be World Water Day. Its purpose is to raise awareness around the world of the importance of water and its supply for our lives and for the ecosystems win which we live. It also as created in order to promote, year after year, UN initiatives and proposals regarding water, in conjunction with national and local governmental entities.

The key word today is “sustainable” and in Cuzco’s Regocijo Plaza a display has been set up to teach people about the challenges and value of water in its region. Indeed Cuzco faces challenges with climate change as its tropical glaciers retreat taking with themselves the traditional source of drinking water for the city. Read the rest of this entry

Eating together Makes People in Cuzco

David Knowlton

Sharing Chicha in Cuzco (Walter Coraza Morveli)

Sharing Chicha in Cuzco (Walter Coraza Morveli)

Eating together and offering food to each other is one of the most important actions in Cuzco.  It is so focused and yet common that it would be ordinary and un-remarkable in the face of the very human need to eat, were it not that the Imperial City receives more than a million tourists a year from many different countries. As a result, different cultures of food stand out. Read the rest of this entry

Fresh Juice Is a Great Medicine

Brayan Coraza Morveli

A Stand of Medicinal Juices, San Pedro Market (Walter Coraza Morveli)

A Stand of Medicinal Juices, San Pedro Market (Walter Coraza Morveli)

Fruit, vegetables and cereals are a good source of energy to begin the day. They give us different beneficial properties, such as sugars, vitamins, and minerals for us to have a healthy body.

Juices are very common and they are easy to make. In the markets and juice shops (juguerías) of our city you can find a wide variety of fruit for many different tastes. Medicinal juices are the ones that stand out in these places such as those that are good to help with a hangover after a long night with your friends. Read the rest of this entry

Walter Coraza Morveli

Chicharrones, Cuzco's Favorite Dish  (Walter Coraza Morveli)

Chicharrones, Cuzco’s Favorite Dish (Walter Coraza Morveli)

The best of Cuzco is demonstrated in its gastronomy that appears in its streets and plazas. That is where the Cusqueños of good taste carry out their gastronomic festivals. They spring up frequently, almost every weekend, so that you can enjoy the food that is particular to our city and region and well as innovations.

Gastronomic fairs are held in various parts of the city, in plazas, neighborhoods, and streets. It is a complete fiesta of colors, aromas, scents, and flavors, where everyone comes together to live joy and celebration as well as savor the best food of our region. Read the rest of this entry

By Walter Coraza Morveli and Hebert  Huamani Jara

Last Day of Cusco's Carnival

Last Day of Cusco’s Carnival (Walter Coraza Morveli)

Today, Sunday, is called Kacharpari, or the last burst of Carnival. It is an intense celebration. Joy invades Cuzco’s streets and plazas with parading dance troupes and allegorical cars (floats) filling the city with the pulse of Carnival music.

This morning, in the Plaza de Armas, groups from different institutions will do a parade, a pasacalle, for the eighth day of Carnival, its close. The will salute with a diversity of dances in order to spread cheer among local people and visitors, all of whom enjoy the typical play of Carnival. Read the rest of this entry

Cuzco’s Fairs Make Saturdays Fun

Arnold Fernandez Coraza

Statue of Tupac Amaru in Wanchaq (Photo: Alonzo Riley)

Statue of Tupac Amaru in Wanchaq (Photo: Alonzo Riley)

Every Saturday in Cuzco fairs appear on the city’s plazas. In them you will find gastronomy, flowers, pots, household goods, and much more. From 10 am on everything is ready for them to begin. Little by little people arrive to look for whatever is new.

Even just an hour after the fairs have begun, crowds have arrived. Everything is full. They walk down the rows to keep chaos at bay. The sellers announce their products with a loud voice. The call to the people who are walking by with words they hope will convince them to look and buy. Some of the words they use are: “Buy here and I will give you a good discount that you won’t find anywhere else.” Read the rest of this entry

Medicinal Waters of San Pedro

Brayan Coraza Morveli

Medicinal Waters of San Pedro

Medicinal Waters of San Pedro

The San Pedro District is located at 3450 meters above sea level in Canchis Province, Cuzco Department. Hundreds of people, both from Cuzco and from other countries visit this place given its well known medicinal importance.

The medicinal waters of San Pedro are well known and much commented in the city of Cuzco. They are said to relieve a variety of complaints that affect us regularly. Lots of people say they have gone and many more desire to visit the place of such famous medicinal waters and see for themselves if they can help alleviate some of the things that bother them. Read the rest of this entry

Wonderful Road Food along Cuzco’s Highways

Signs for Road Food (Brayan Coraza Morveli)

Signs for Road Food (Brayan Coraza Morveli)

Brayan Coraza Morveli

Miles away from the city on asphalt and dirt roads you will find different towns through which every day people pass. They arrive there on their way to work, family, vacations, etc. As they travel down the highways of Cuzco.

On the road through many of these towns you can find a different gastronomy than that of the city. For example there is river trout, huaico potatoes with cheese from that same place, chicken soup made from home-raised hens, or a delicious chicharrón made from pork raised in local homes. The taste is very different and the flavor is what matters. Read the rest of this entry

Carnival Sunday is Here

Walter Coraza Morveli

Happy Comadres Day

Happy Comadres Day

Happy Sunday. Carnival has arrived in the streets of Cuzco. It is a happy time. The streets are painted in traditional colors. The dance troupes of different organizations parade around the Plaza de Armas and dance in a contagious rhythm while intensely celebrating this day.

In the neighborhoods and streets everyone plays and enjoys Carnival through water play. The young people, including children, come together and get organized to go out with water balloons and water guns, or just buckets of water to stir up the streets where people are celebrating. Read the rest of this entry

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