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The Rains Continue and Our Land Blooms

A Rainy Day and Nice Rainbow (Walter Coraza Morveli)

A Rainy Day and Nice Rainbow (Walter Coraza Morveli)

Arnold Fernandez Coraza

Cuzco is dressed in color, these days, thanks to the rainy season. For several months, now, we have had almost daily rainfall and out flowers and scenery are at the splendid peak. You can see it clearly in our mountains that are green now. There you can see the clouds gather and the rain strike, From there you also see the scenery around the city bloom.

Saqsaywaman, the Temple of the Moon and all the land around present diverse and unique colors. It is stunning to see the majestic colors the land provides us. They make these sites of our ancestors all the more majestic and spectacular. In them you can really feel a unique calm and peace. Read the rest of this entry

Corn, An Ancient and Modern Staff of Life

Brayan Coraza Morveli

The Variety of Corn in Cuzco

The Variety of Corn in Cuzco (Water Coraza Morveli)

Corn is one of the most ancient foods that we eat every day. It is certainly important in the Andes where it is one of the sacred staffs of life. It comes in a great variety of colors and sizes, most of which are found in the mountains and valleys of the Peruvian highlands.

Ever since times past people would store corn in order to eat it when there was no fresh produce or when hunger assailed. Today, only the form of storage has changed since from this product we derive so many others. Read the rest of this entry

Abundance Comes to Cuzco These Days

A Stand of Corn and also Choclo with cheese for Sale (Walter Coraza Morveli)

A Stand of Corn and also Choclo with cheese for Sale (Walter Coraza Morveli)

Our fields are full to overflowing with the wonders of farming. The time of the harvest is approaching and soon, in May, our farmers will be hard at work gathering their crops. These days our corn and potatoes are especially radiant, whether in the upland fields or in the Sacred Valley.

The month of abundance is upon us. To our markets arrive fresh and delicious produce sent by small-scale producers who work hard to get their quality crops to market. Read the rest of this entry

The Twelve Dishes of Holy Week

Brayan Coraza Morveli

Lisas Soup

Lisas Soup

It is a custom in Cuzco to eat twelve dishes on Good Friday. Each has a different flavor and they do not contain any meat because the day demands such. There are many options, such as using quinoa, rice, corn, or other grains. Fish is one of the principal foods eaten among the various soups, main courses, and desserts. Read the rest of this entry

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

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