Woman from Cuzco Dancing in Traditional Chola Dress
Literature

Romance of Barbaracha by Luis Nieto

Cuzco’s women demand attention. And Cuzco’s most famous poet of the twentieth century, Luis “El Cholo” Nieto Miranda gives it to them. He looks at the woman as a man of his time and place and invests her with the traits of Cuzco’s culture as he gives the opening of an important work. Titled after the emblematic Charango, a ten-stringed, small Andean instrument of Cuzco’s historic lower middle classes who were neither members of Indigenous communities nor urban elites, the cholos, Nieto gave his book the subtitle “A Cholo Romance”. Published in 1942, Its first poem, presented here in translation, is Romance de la Barbaracha or a Romance for Barbaracha.0 1990
Crema Volteada dessert
Restaurants

Fantasy Comes to Cuzco at Tres . Cafe

Just a half block from Cuzco’s popular Plaza de Armas, on Plateros Street, stands a small, warm, and colorful place, Tres . Cafe. Creatively designed, it transports you into a world of fantasy in its decorations and its division into two floors. It is a wonderful place to have a drink, eat a pastry, and use their internet while relaxing from the rigors of a visit to Cuzco.0 1297
Sheaves of Wheat
Ingredients

Holy, Nutritious, and Exotic Wheat

One can only imagine how strange Peru must have seemed to the Spaniards who arrived with the invading force and in the following years. Here they did not have most of the foods they knew at home. Instead, they found lots of corn (maize), hot peppers, and potatoes. Today these foods are common place and part of the Spanish diet, but then they may as well have come from Mars they were so strange. The first time Spanish crops were cultivated in Peru it must have struck the Spaniards as a marvel.0 1351
Smudging in the Ceremony
Customs, Food Culture

Cuzco Honors the Mother Earth on August First

This morning, early, Cuzco sprouted yellow confetti. It seems to be everywhere, a trail of yellow around the edge of houses and buildings. It is the Day of the Pachamama, the Lady of the Earth or Earth Mother, a time when people bless their houses and businesses by making the festive offering of yellow. Others will make an entire "payment" (pago) to the earth in a ritual meal that they burn so she can enjoy its smoke and be fed.0 1570
Rice with Soy Meat
Restaurants

Natural, a New Vegetarian Restaurant Serves up Food and Huaynos in San Blas

The sound of bouncing huaynos, a traditional music, reaches into the street to call people in. It is the sonoral … 1 1331

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FOOD CULTURE

Anticuchos (Walter Coraza)

Anticucho Day, October 21

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Exchanging Coca and Fruits

Which is the fruit that we prefer? Our’s or foreign

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Mancachicharro, a tradicional dish from Chinchero, Sacred Valley (Photo: Walter Coraza Morveli)

folklore and legends

Yawar Fiesta (By Javier Prado)

The Yawar Fiesta

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Beware of Strange Dogs Following You (Walter Coraza Morveli)
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Literature

Rumi Maqui, A Forgotten Hero

Rumi Maqui, A Forgotten Hero

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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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Archeology, Culture, history, Travel

Funeral Rites in Inca Times

Inca culture was characterized by its religious and magical beliefs where death and life were one. The being did not … 0 1215
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 5295
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 2819
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 2699
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

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