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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 [...]

Inexplicable Markawasi

Markawasi (4000 m) is an enigmatic stone forest, located in the mountain range of Lima, on which much has been written. Several authors, fascinated by the mysterious and imposing landscape, have attributed the origin of its unusual geological formations to ancient cultures that are lost in time, while others have attributed it to beings from [...]

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 [...]

A walk through Nor Yauyos – Cochas

The Landscape Reserve Nor Yauyos – Conchas is considered one of the most beautiful sceneries of Peru. Within the reserve you can enjoy several interesting and attractive activities, as it has beautiful snow capped mountains, turquoise lagoons, multiple waterfalls, canyons, gorges, forests of queñual trees, archaeological remains and a variety of flora and fauna. To [...]

Quechua Cultural Corridor

What we generally know as “Quechua culture” is, contrary to what is believed, previous to the Incas and would have been built since the earliest times of the Chavin culture. Its latest cultural expression was the language Quechua or Runa Simi -the language of the people- which would expanded through the central Andes to encompass [...]

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