Hebert Edgardo Huamani Jara

Young Men and Women Playing at Carnival (Walter Coraza Morveli)

Young Men and Women Playing at Carnival (Walter Coraza Morveli)

In is inevitable you will be part of the play in Carnival. In Cusco, this month we celebrate Carnival. Sunday was its day and next Sunday, the fourteenth, we will celebrate it too. It is the eighth day of Carnival, the octava. Small, colorful balloons filled with water, colored flour, streamers, and Carnival spray foam all add color and happiness to the celebration. We also enjoy dance and the typical gastronomy of the season.

In our various streets, plazas, and urban neighborhoods children, youths, and adults live the celebration by wetting each other. Women throw water at men and men at women. They also throw colored flour and spray foam in various colors. They form groups and leave home well armed, buckets filled with water, lots of balloons, and maybe even spray guns.

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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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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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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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Hebert Edgardo Huamani Jara

A Local Man Hiking the Trail to the Top (Hebert Edgardo Huamani Jara)

A Local Man Hiking the Trail to the Top (Hebert Edgardo Huamani Jara)

For those who love to experience nature and adventure, Cusco has many different trails for you to hike. Of course, there is the Inca trail, the routes to Choquequirao and Salcantay,a s well as more. One of the magical treks, though is from Yanahuara to Conoc.



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David Knowlton

A Puchero from Cusco

A Puchero from Cusco

“Carnival is arriving,” chants the famous song. This feast before Lent pulls the Andes, rural and urban, into celebration with noise, movement, risk, danger, and fun. It is the height of the rainy season when water falls abundantly from the sky. In the cities people toss water balloons and buckets of water at each other, although it is generally marauding bands of young people divided by sex who make sure to wet the opposite sex.

The people in the city eat a special food for Carnival called puchero, a dish of abundant boiled food. This is a complete meal cooked in water and it is a dish found throughout the Peruvian, South Andean cities, a very Creole food there despite the Quechua associations. The dishes vary somewhat yet are also almost the same.

In what follows I will give you recipes for Puchero in a selection of cities including Cusco that cover the South, now divided into two countries, Peru and Bolivia. Read the rest of this entry

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Arnold Fernandez Coraza

Kinder Garden Students Performing During the Independence Day of Peru

Kinder Garden Students Performing During the Independence Day of Peru

Small girls and boys open a great warmth and excitement in people. Even more is caused by children who are just starting kindergarten. Their beautiful gestures and smiles captivate adults. Their antics sometimes may cause frustration but with a smile and a look they turn your heart around. They bring joy to the home with their words and the noise they make.

The centers of initial education, better known as gardens (or kindergartens), educate he girls and boys. They accept children from 4 years old and educate them through 6 years old. During those two long years they teach them many things and prepare them well in all ways so that they can develop into great people in the future and so they can begin first grade in elementary school without any difficulty. Read the rest of this entry

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Brayan Coraza Morveli

The Jump of Deer Man At Inti Raymi (Walter Coraza Morveli)

The Jump of Deer Man At Inti Raymi (Walter Coraza Morveli)

In the Peruvian Andes music and dancing are very important since they come as part of any festivity or fiesta we have. During the year we have a large number of fiestas that include the big ones such as Inti Raymi, Warachicuy, Cruzvelakuy, the assumption of cargos (sponsorships), birthdays, and more.

In these events you will fin bands of musicians called caperos who give life to the clebrations with their different melodies. The form of dancing that is used is particular since we always find the foot stomping in rhythm of our huayno. It is like a competition among couples and those who stand out are put in the middle to continue dancing until the music ends. Read the rest of this entry

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Arnold Fernandez Coraza

San Sebastian following him way (Walter Coraza Morveli)

San Sebastian following him way (Walter Coraza Morveli)

Yesterday, January 20th, was not a day like any other. Yesterday Cusco’s district of San Sebastian celebrated the feast of its patron saint of the same name. It was a special day for all the people of Cusco. Yesterday was its main day, though the feast began the 18th of the month. This feast has a great reception and draws crowds. From early in the morning people arrive from all over. They come to the central place, the district’s church. Read the rest of this entry

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Hebert Edgardo Huamani Jara

A Basket of Hot Potatoes and Egg (Photo: Walter Coraza Morveli)

A Basket of Hot Potatoes and Egg (Photo: Walter Coraza Morveli)

Boiled eggs are one of the foods children and adults in Cusco eat most. It is a star in Cusco’s homes since it is always available when we are in a rush since it is easy to prepare and has great nutritious value. Each egg has high quality proteins, vitamin C, fats, fiber, carbohydrates, calcium, iron, and potassium. It is perfect and tastes good. Read the rest of this entry

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