Arnold Fernandez Coraza

Common Papaya in Cusco

Common Papaya in Cusco

The City of Cusco dresses up in bright colors every day with the arrival of fruit to our markets. The vendors arise early to receive them and set them out carefully on their stands for sale. With much enthusiasm they choose the ripest fruit to place front and center before their clients.

Much of the fruit sold in our markets is not for sale all year round. It only appears in its season. Examples include chirimoya and coconut. Nevertheless, we also have fruit that are our companions throughout the year, such as the papaya. You can always find it in our markets. Read the rest of this entry

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Walter Coraza Morveli

Making Mushroom Churrasco

Making Mushroom Churrasco

One of the best things that the popular fiestas, cargos (feast sponsorships), and festivities of Cusco have is their gastronomy. I am referring to the foods that are from the neighborhoods and towns and its fusion of traditional flavors with new products that come into our market these days.

Cusco’s gastronomy is known for its ample offerings by tradition. It presents the best in variety and types, flavors and scents for all tastes. Among the most popular dishes in the list of our fast food are the anticuchos which are hard to not eat. You will also find a plate of rice with a fried egg, as well as a crispy chicharron with its mint salad. The two make and excellent combination. Of course, there is always our adobo which feels perfect for days of fiesta or for when you are hungover the next morning. Read the rest of this entry

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Hebert Edgardo Huamani Jara

Pineapple Shining in the Sun

Pineapple Shining in the Sun

Three blocks from Cuzco’s main square while waking towards the San Pedro Market, you can easily find yourself in the path of the pineapple vendors. In August the demand for pineapple goes up and the fruit expands its zone of offerings to the streets, fairs, and markets of the city. You can find this fruit in desserts, salads, ice creams and juices. On a blue-skyed morning, with a radiant sun warming up the town, it is hard to avoid tasting the fruit, sweet and juicy, since it is all along your path.

With so much heat and movement in the street, how can you resist eating a round of pineapple. The vendors on the corners or pushing their carts tempt you at every step with the fruit. They use every tool of their craft, pushing their cart lined with sacks in different colors on top of which they carry 10-15 pineapples carefully placed. Towards the front they accommodate a white metal platter carefully balanced. On it they exhibit sliced rounds of peeled pineapple ready for the clients to eat. Read the rest of this entry

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The Casera Ana Luisa and Her Anticuchos on Maruri Street (Walter Coraza Morveli)

The Casera Ana Luisa and Her Anticuchos on Maruri Street (Walter Coraza Morveli)

Hebert Edgardo Huamani Jara

Anticuchos hold memories for the people of Cusco. They remind them of moments of fiesta lived in our city where everything is a carnival of colors. These brochettes of sharp-pointed cane sticks on which pieces of meat and a potato each are inserted are sold on the edges of every major public celebration as well as in the fairs that are organized throughout the year in the city. They also appear every evening in Cusco’s streets where they are a fixture of our night life. They especially typify the following streets: Matara, Tres Cruces de Oro, Almagro, Plateros, and Choquechaca. You will also find them at major bus stops and in some restaurants. Read the rest of this entry

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By Arnold Fernandez Coraza
Cows Feet Scramble Ready to Taste

(Revuelto de Patitas) Cows Feet Scramble Ready to Taste

The Imperial City of Cusco´s cuisine is delicious. We have various dishes with different flavors and ingredients. They enrich your palate whether you are from Cusco or are a foreigner. People enjoy all the delicious offerings of food found in Cusco.,

The dishes that are most prepared in the markets and restaurants are lentils with white rice, the seco de cordero (a lamb stew), chicken stew, matasca de carne, the typical segundo (main dish) made from lisas, chicken with rice, and other pleasing foods.

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Making an Inca Ritual

Making an Inca Ritual

Today, the first of August we celebraste the Day of the Pachamama. In the city of Cusco it is a custom every year. Families receive this day by cleaning their homes, scattering yellow confetti in every corner as a symbol of harmony and of renewing the energies of the home and family. On the other hand this day is considered as the beginning of the Andean New Year.

By Saqsayhuaman, behind the white Christ,a ceremony was carried out for the day of our Mother Earth. People arrived to be part of the ceremony beginning at 10 AM. Those responsible began by preparing the space where the ceremony was to be carried out. There you found the altar of offerings. It was a big hole they had dug in the earth surrounded by a line of yellow confetti and also a pile of wood to burn the offerings. Read the rest of this entry

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David Knowlton

Working a Field in the High Lands of Cusco

Working a Field in the High Lands of Cusco

The mountain and hill slopes of Peru look different from those where I grew up int eh Western United States. Around Cusco and elsewhere in the Andean republic they look quilted from a myriad of small field and foot paths while in my home they are large swaths of uninterrupted space. The difference is that in Peru they slopes have been cultivated continuously for millennia.

Though the slopes are very steep still they contain fields, as if every bit of land were valuable for producing food and sustenance. You can see the boundaries marking families’ plots and some days you will see men and women working them, using a foot plow, a chaquitaqlla, to turn the earth and plant seed.  Read the rest of this entry

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Hebert Edgardo Huamani Jara

¡I am Peruvian!

¡I am Peruvian!

Cusco gets all dressed up in red and white during the month of July. Its streets, markets, commercial centers, and the majority of its businesses are decorated in these colors, whether with paper chains, balloons, small paper flags, or more. Wherever one goes down the arteries of the city, whether in buses, taxis or private cars, you can feel the patriotism that unites us as Peruvians. Even the windshields show national pride.

The national symbols, the rosette, the national shield, and the flag are widely sold this month. They are offered with pins to wear them on your chest, as a sticker and in many other products so that patriotic colors fill the city and make you part of the celebration. Even lampposts join the party. They too are adorned in red and white, the colors of our Peru. Read the rest of this entry

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Walter Coraza Morveli

Charquecan Homemade (Walter Coraza Morveli)

Charquekan Homemade (Walter Coraza Morveli)

From the moment I arrived La Paz captivated me with its rich gastronomy. In the city all of Bolivia as well many nations are represented in the city’s food offerings. I was especially enchanted by the many types of typical foods of La Paz and elsewhere and how they were shared.

One weekend, the family who hosted us decided to prepare a special family lunch and share with us, in this way some of the best of Bolivia’s cuisine. Read the rest of this entry

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Arnold Fernandez Coraza

Dancing in a Cargo (Walter Coraza Morveli)

Dancing in a Cargo (Walter Coraza Morveli)

The fiestas of the Virgin of the Carmen are experienced in the enchanting town of Paucartambo which is just a few hours from the City of Cusco. To this place come people from all over Peru and the world.

When I went there this year, many fascinating things that take place there struck me, especially the cargos, the tasks and places where cargo holders host the dance troupe they sponsor as well as guests. Read the rest of this entry

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