Category Archives: Alive cultures

At the foot of Ausangate

Apu Ausangate, with it 6.372 meters is the highest mountain of Cusco and the most important in the andean world. It is the origin of the waters that irrigate the valleys below. In its plains and hillsides there are small herder communities of llamas and alpacas, such as Pacchanta. Pacchanta is located in the upper parts of Tinke and It can only be reached by a dirt road from which you can get beautiful views of the holy apu. Pacchanta has several families of weavers who use natural dyes, alpaca [...]

Working with Clay

Although folk art in Cusco is recognized in its textiles; There are master craftsmen who perform very well on clay. Using Inca expressions and symbols into modern and utility designs. Many of these teachers provide workshops in the techniques of pottery. From the early stages of labor, use of natural dyes,  designs, the use of [...]

Patacancha, at Ollantaytambo´s heights.

45 Minutes from Ollantaytambo is the community of Patacancha, after passing by the community of Huilloc. Both communities offer experiences of rural tourism and its members are mostly involved as porters on the Inca Trail. The inhabitants of Huilloc are known as ‘huayruros’ by the characteristic red poncho and that is associated with the seed [...]

HUAROCONDO, the land of pork

The stoned town of Huarocondo is located between Anta and the Sacred Valley. It is known as the land of pork rinds and roasted pork, offered at their town square. Every Sunday there is a town fair that offers their famous pork based dishes, crafts, utensils, and farm products. The main attraction is their restored [...]

Huayllabamba, land of corn

Huayllabamba is a community in the Sacred Valley located 15 minutes from Urubamba, on the way to Pisac. It is known as the capital of corn because of the quality and size of the corn from their fields.  Huayllabamba, which in quechua means prairie or marshy plain, celebrates the virgin Natividad or Mamacha Natacha every [...]

Mercado San Pedro

En la plaza de San Pedro, junto a la iglesia del mismo nombre, se encuentra este mercado al que acuden diariamente miles de personas de los barrios de la ciudad y las comunidades campesinas aledañas. Hay de todo: buenos puestos de quesos, artesanías, complementos para trajes tradicionales, telas, puestos de curanderos y brujería, tiendas de [...]

Corpus Christi

Antiguamente, los incas recorrían las callejuelas y plazas del Cusco con las momias de sus gobernantes formando grandes peregrinaciones. Esta costumbre ha cambiado con la influencia de tradiciones católicas y andinas posteriores, dando lugar a una de las fiestas más masivas de la ciudad: el Corpus Christi. En el mes de junio, uno de los [...]

The Lord of Qoyllor Riti

Some of the most important festivals of the department of Cusco are celebrated in June. The best known is perhaps the Inti Raymi or Festival of the Sun, but the one with the greatest devotion and attendance is the Qoyllor Riti, considered to be one of the largest pilgrimages in America. On this festival around [...]

The Land of Bread

The town of Oropesa, just 23 kilometers away from Cusco, is known as the bread capital of the region. It can be reached by traveling aproximately 1 kilometer from the main highway. Its name comes from the Marquesado of Villa Rica de Oropesa, founded by viceroy Francisco de Toledo, and it means “gold value”. Even [...]

Los brujos de Huasao

Huasao es un pequeño pueblo que tiene una iglesia jesuita con un Cristo móvil. Entre sus calles se concentran muchos brujos y curanderos que ofrecen lectura de la hoja de coca, pagos a la tierra y otras técnicas de tipo adivinatorio, espiritual y de salud. Estos rituales recogen milenarias creencias andinas y simbologías y prácticas [...]

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