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Life in the Manu

The sun arises from the density of the jungle while we prepare to get out to the macaw’s clay lick. The jungle shudders with life and we hear noises of hundred of different types of animals, mostly monkeys and birds, many of them unique in this part of the world. And while we sailed through [...]

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 [...]

Qorikancha: The Temple of the Sun

The Qorikancha was the center of the Inca world. From it, the imaginary lines called Ceques departed, organizing the sanctuaries or huacas that surrounded Cusco and that gave to the capital of the Tahuantinsuyo its sacred character. Upon its foundations, the Spanish built the Church and Convent of Santo Domingo.   Qorikancha’s internal walls, which [...]

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, [...]

Piquillacta: The Wari fortress of the Sacred Valley

Located about 30 kilometers from Cusco, Piquillacta is the best known archaeological complex of Wari culture outside its capital, located in Ayacucho. The Wari Empire thrived between the years 500 A.D. and 1000 A.D. and although the center of Wari’s empire was mainly located in the province of Huanta (Ayacucho), there are evidences that its [...]

Silver Q’ente for Tierra Viva Cusco Plaza

We feel happy and proud to announce that our hotel Tierra Viva Cusco Plaza has obtained the Silver Q’ente Award to the best hotel in the 3 stars category.   The Q’ente Award is the maximum acknowledgement that the Regional Government of Cusco and the Regional Direction of Exterior Commerce and Tourism (DIRCETUR) annually grant [...]

The sacred Huaca of Tambomachay

As viceregal functionary Juan Polo de Ondegardo y Zárate once told in his book Treaty and investigation about the superstitions of the Indians (1559), “the city of Cuzco was home and dwelling of gods, and thus there was not, in all of it, a fountain, a passage or wall that did not held mystery”. From [...]

The peruvian pisco path

Original from the cultural and ethnic mix of Spain and Peru’s native roots, Pisco is a pure distilled from grapes that represents feast and celebration. About the origins of the word “pisco”, the lexicologist Cesar Angeles Caballero identifies four causes; the first one situated in pre columbian times that blends with hispanic elements set up [...]

Juliaca: a town of history

The history of Juliaca -from the quechua word xullasca, which means covered in snow- goes back thousand of years. The first evidence of life ever found was from the year 10000 a.C of hunters and gatherers. The reason for this, it is believed, was the weather -less aggressive in those years- which contributed to the [...]

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 [...]

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