Sandwich and Ketchup
Food Culture, Uncategorized

Sandwiches Thrive on Cuzco Streets

Sandwiches dominate much of the food scene in Cusco. This might surprise, given the current Peruvian emphasis on gastronomy, the growth of good restaurants in the city, and the overwhelming popularity of things like roterisserie chicken (pollo a la brasa) and chifa (Peruvian Chinese food). Fast food firms, such and the Peruvian Bembos and the multinational McDonald’s and KFC, captureda large part of the market, but there is more.2 629

Starbucks on the Plaza

As the New Year rolled in, a Starbucks opened in Cuzco on the Plaza de Armas. Though the coming of Starbucks to Cuzco has been controversial, you would not have known it by the crowds that filled the second floor corporate coffee shop last night. It was standing room only, as people ordered, waited for, and consumed their “altos”, “grandes” and “ventis.” 4 1553
Yellow for New Year's
Customs, Food Culture, Uncategorized

Burned Clothes, Gold, and Fireworks: Cuzco’s New Year

“Happy New Year” erupts in popping fireworks and bursting rockets as everyone gives every near a hug and a wish for happiness and all good, while scattering a handful of yellow confetti on their head. At midnight, the navel of the world explodes in joy, like cities the world over as one year in the calendar turns to another. 0 666
Cobbles up Hill

Senses of the Street

To get places in Cuzco I walk. Through my shoes my feet feel the roundedness of old cobblestones or the flatness of stones shaped like bricks. They feel the smoothness of cement and the softness of asphalt. Sidewalks are not broken by tree-roots into jagged planes like at home, but are smooth, broken only by square, open holes for utilities with no cover to protect the unwary pedestrian. Your feet have to see and sense.0 546
Papayas Delivered to the Door

Abundance of Fruit

During this time of the year Cuzco's markets and streets burst with fresh fruit.0 575

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Duality: Sweet and Savory Tamales

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Working a Field in Cuzco

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The Multiple Spanishes of Cusco

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Sunset in Cusco (Walter Coraza Morveli)
Cultura, history, tourism, Travel

History and Information About Cusco

Important points of the history of Cusco starting from the Plaza de Armas. In Inca times, what is today the … 0 1485
Huaca Mesa Redonda (Photo: Wayra)
Archeology, Culture, history

Mama Qaqa or better known as ‘Mother Stone’

Mama Qaqa or better known as ‘Mother Stone’ is present among the wak’as (or huaca. A wak’a (Quechua) is an … 0 718
Guaman Poma, Observing the Sun


One of the most important problems of astronomy and Inca calendar involves an evaluation of the identities and role of … 0 654
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Llamas and their importance in the Andean World

Llamas are domestic animals from the Camelidae family and are common in the Peruvian Andes. It was a very important … 0 594
Customs, drinks, history, Intersections, Medicinals, tourism, Travel

Ayahuasca, A Plant with Demands, Challenges, and Changes

What if I told you there was a plant that could show your past, present, and future? A plant believed … 0 1673