White Malva
Customs

Herbal Teas: Cuzco’s Traditional Medicine

Herbal teas are much of the traditional medicine of Cuzco. The city’s people may go to doctors or pharmacies when something is wrong with their bodies, but they are more likely to go to the markets where herb sellers listen to their stories about what ails them and prescribe for them teas from roots, leaves, and flowers, depending on what the specific ailment is.2 1050
Trigo Ch'aqi (Wheat soup)
Food Culture, Recipes, Uncategorized

Wheat Soup (Chaque) to Beat the Cold

When chill settles on Cuzco, its people turn to something warm, such as a good soup. Trigo chaque (in Quechua ch’aqi), a soup made with wheat, is very popular at such times, like now, when the rains come in and people feel cold.0 1360
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.2 918
Starbucks
Restaurants

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 2242
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. 0 953

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The abstracted form of a dog watching a soccer game. (Photos by Alonzo Riley)

Misunderstanding the Canines of Cuzco

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dolor de cabeza

Pulling Hair, A Traditional Cure for Headache

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Cantuta Flowers (Photo: Alonzo Riley)
Tiger's MIlk Cocktail to Revive You

Majestic Tiger’s Milk (Leche de Tigre), a Peruvian Delight

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Literature

Boarding a Taxi (David Knowlton)

There Were No Pumas Up There, A Taxi Tale

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Inca Garcilaso de la Vega

The Multiple Spanishes of Cusco

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A Book of Stories Coming Soon

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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 3689
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 1550
Guaman Poma, Observing the Sun
history

PUCUY SUCANCA AND CHIRAO SUCANCA, INCA SOLAR OBSERVATION

One of the most important problems of astronomy and Inca calendar involves an evaluation of the identities and role of … 1 1531
Llamas y ausangate (https://www.instagram.com/p/-U9BPqovH_/)
history

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 2550