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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

The Yunza, Puchero, and Carnival

Arnold Fernandez Coraza

Puchero, The Special Dish of Carnival

Puchero, The Special Dish of Carnival (Wayra)

Carnival is one of the most important feasts of the City of Cuzco. The people of all the different neighborhoods have gathered to make clear arrangements about how they organize the celebrations in their neighborhoods. They first establish the preparations that are the obligations of all the people and then name a few women who will be in charge of preparing the traditional beverages: frutillada and chicha.

They also must find a tree that they can buy and put up as a spectacular yunza or zunzada. The couple who cut down the yunza the year before are the ones responsible. When they find a tree they send out a call to all the youths of the neighborhood to come and move it. Once they have it in their neighborhood they all enjoy some delicious dishes of food made by the neighborhood’s women. Read the rest of this entry

Brayan Coraza Morveli.

Dancing Around the Yunza (Wayra)

Dancing Around the Yunza (Wayra)

The custom of the yunza also called the cortamonte, tree-cutter, involves a tree filled with gifts. It has a lot of meaning in our culture. It has been carried out from olden times down to the present.

People use various kinds of trees for this, such as syprus, eucalyptus, capulí, or a different kind of tree that grows in the area and that is easily obtained for the feast. Those in charge of the festival either cut one down or they are responsible for buying one of these trees. Read the rest of this entry

Cuzco Celebrates its Comadres Today

Brayan Coraza Morveli

A Comadre Doll in San Pedro Market

A Comadre Doll at  Cascaparo Market

One week after Cuzco has celebrated its Day of Godfathers (Compadres) it now turns to celebrating the Comadres, the Godmothers. As in Compadres, today you will see life-sized rag dolls made and displayed to represent the comadres. They will be wearing traditional clothes or the clothing of an important person.

You can find and see this custom in any of the traditional neighborhoods of the city, such as San Blas and Santa Ana. The markets of the city, such as San Pedro and Vino Canchón, also celebrate the day. It is a complete fiesta that people live intensely, both those who reside in the city and, because of their open hearts filled with joy, visitors also join in. Read the rest of this entry

February Loco, the Month of Celebrations

Walter Coraza Morveli

The Joy and Craziness of Carnival in Cuzco

The Joy and Craziness of Carnival in Cuzco

February is filled with celebrations and many activities. It is known as the month of carnival and features music, dance, games, identity, and the joy that this month of craziness represents.

This year, 2015, February brings us lots of emotion and joy for Cuzco’s society and for the tourists who visit us. Already we can appreciate carnival. People are already celebrating. Read the rest of this entry

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