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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 [...]

Around Lima in 2 days

When it comes to sightseeing in the city of Lima and discovering its rich historical and architectural heritage, the experience can be a great adventure. Spanish colonial houses and archaeological sites contrast with modern tall buildings in a cosmopolitan city. And even though a tour around the Peruvian capital may require a few days, here [...]

Tipón: Tribute to water

The occupation of Tipón happened at around 1200 a.c. and it is believed that the first inhabitants belonged to the Wari Empire or to the Ayamarcas, a culture that lived in the valley of Cusco, located at about 20 km from Tipón. From this period remains the 6km of the defense wall that used to surround it. It was Pachacutec who [...]

Arequipa’s School: La Compañia Church.

Considered one of the greatest south american mestizo baroque edifications, La Compañía church, which began its construction in late XVI century, was entirely made in ashlar, the white volcanic rock that identifies the colonial urban structure of the Historical Center of Arequipa.   Located in one of the corners of the main square, La Compañia [...]

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 [...]

Fantasy and fun: The Magic Water Circuit

Lima was founded in 1535 but has a long pre columbian history, reason why you can find around the city not only archaeological complexes and colonial edifications, but also recreation, culture and modern entertainment centers, like The Magic Water Circuit, located in the Reserve Park in downtown. Opened in July of 2007, The Magic Water [...]

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, [...]

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