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Rain and Charm in Cuzco

December in Cuzco

The middle of December is on us and Cuzco is glorious. Rains fall regularly as clouds and mist struggle for dominance in the sky and the hills turn emerald. Machu Picchu is at its most mysterious, even though umbrellas and or rain ponchos are necessary, but the hill sides are not so saturated that the season of huaicos, mud-slides, begins.

Christmas pageants appear all over the city as the story of the birth of Jesus is performed and nativity scenes populate the city, from the main square to the Qoricancha, to people’s homes.

This is a time of abundance, and a time of cold. Respiratory problems stalk the streets as the humidity and chill penetrate everywhere. People bundle up and stay at home, although when the clouds lift it is warm. Though technically summer, many older cusqueños still call this time winter.

It was the build up to the great summer-solstice festival, the Raymi written about by Bernabe Cobo, which is now replaced by the Christian celebrations.

Here is a set of photos from December in Cuzco last year, a kind of preamble to the coverage we will give you this year.

Ceramic Camels for Sale
Ceramic Camels for Sale
Buying Wise Men
Buying Wise Men
Selling Christmas
Selling Christmas
Wise and Ordinary Men
Wise and Ordinary Men
Municipal Creche
Municipal Creche
Hot Chocolate and Gifts for Children
Hot Chocolate and Gifts for Children
Main Square in the Rain
Main Square in the Rain
Santa Claus in Cuzco
Santa Claus in Cuzco
Moon Rise in Cuzco
Moon Rise in Cuzco
Santo Domingo in December
Santo Domingo in December
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