Category Archives: Alive cultures

Pachacamac Oracle

Just one hour from Lima you will find the most important monumental construction of the Peruvian coast: the Archaeological Sanctuary of Pachacamac. It has been considered as the main sanctuary of that area for more than a millennium. When Spaniards arrived, this place was the Pachacamac god sanctuary where pilgrims came from different parts of […]

A journey to the Sacred City of Caral

If you are visiting Lima, you can’t miss the ancient and mystical citadel of Caral. It is considered among the most amazing tourist places of Peru because its architectural complexity and settlements which date from 3000 and 2000 years BC. Due to its historical and cultural importance, UNESCO included Caral in the World Heritage List, […]

Living the festival of Holy Virgin of Candelaria

Among the many ancient feasts that are still celebrated in Peru, the Virgin of Candelaria festival stands out for being the most colorful and massive of them all, a symbol of the religious syncretism among aymara, quechua and spanish culture that is revealed through the dance of the peculiar characters that are part of its […]

The Scissor’s dancer

Like if he had been possesed, the danzaq shakes frantically, crashing in the air, with an incredible skill, the scissors. It is said that he has a pact with the devil, that he feels no pain, that he is capable of mediate between man and nature, that he gains strength from the wamanis and the […]

Juanita: The ice girl

In 1995, in the snowcapped mountain of Ampato in Arequipa, Johan Reinhard and Miguel Zárate discovered, buried in the ice, the corpse of 12 year old inca girl that would have been sacrificed in the times of the Inca Pachacutec reign, around 1450 A.D.   Surrounding her there were many “illas” or gold idols as […]

The untamed Uros

The populated center of the Uros, part of the National Reserve of the Titicaca, is a group of 40 floating artificial islands built with totora, a plant that grows up to 4,000 meters high -either cultivated or wild- in lagoons and swampy areas of the mountains and shores of Perú. According to chroniclers and historians, […]

Millenarian Taquile

Floating in the vastness of Lake Titicaca, three hours sailing from Puno, you can find Taquile, a small island inhabited by an ancient Quechua community that has kept intact its traditional customs and forms of social organization -former to the Incas- where common life and collective decision making are priority. From here it can be […]

The Magical Iscata Island

Located in the “capital of Aymara folklore “, also known as the district of Acora (Puno) Iscata Island is a destination that is little known and not part of traditional tours that take place on Lake Titicaca. However, its bucolic landscapes, white sandy beaches and its typical houses built of adobe with roofs of reeds […]

Millennial Chinchero

As frozen in time, surrounded by the majestic Salkantay, Veronica and Soray is Chinchero, the tranquil village of weavers and, probably, the best preserved Andean traditions keeper -costumes, quechua and ancestral customs- wide Sacred Valley. The villagers still live in Chinchero Inca constructions inherited from their ancestors, here stands out the Church of Our Lady […]

San Blas: Art, faith and tradition

The centenary district of T’oqocachi (“salt cave”),  is already part of the oldest legends that are told in Cusco. During the Inca times, it’s believe that the people who inhabited it dedicated to agriculture. Two Ayllus coexisted here: Hatun Ayllu and Capac Ayllu. The water abundance, which came out of its valleys, its excellent microweathers […]

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