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    Ladies Football

    by al2401 Written Dec 27, 2011

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    Footbal (soccer) is the primary sport in Peru and not only for the menfolk. On the way to Ollantaytambo one weekend we passed a fooball field. The teams were the local girls school teams playing in national costume! They took the headers and falls like the best of them!

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    PERUWEB:worth knowing before visiting cusco...

    by cbeaujean Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    1.www.peru.org.pe:promperu (=comision de promocion del peru) official web.you'll find there a lot of info (choose "cusco")
    2.www.perurail.com:all you want to know about trains,even first class train hiram bingham menu! (see my aguas calientes machupicchu page)
    3.www.cuscoperu.com:touristic web of cusco and surroundings:very comprehensive!
    4.www.cuscoweb.com:inca,culture,archeology.
    5.http://guiadelcusco.perucultural.org.pe
    6.www.municusco.gob.pe:city hall page
    7.www.machupicchuperu.net/modules/news/ :comprehensive web about machupicchu.

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    Oops!

    by JessieLang Written Dec 29, 2010

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    The people were called Incas because the Spanish misunderstood them. “Inca” is their word for their ruler; the people were Tayhuantinsuyo (which means "Four states of the empire.")

    The Spanish error remained, and the Tayhuantinsuyo became Incas. “The winner writes the history.”

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    Balcones / Balconies

    by elpariente Written Mar 3, 2007

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    La plaza es porticada en su planta inferior lo que permite utilizarla incluso en los días de lluvias .En el primer piso hay balcones de madera trabajada y hoy en día en muchos de ellos hay restaurantes muy agradables
    The square has portics in the lower level , so you may walk even in the rainy days´
    In the first floor there are carved wooden balconies and now a day many of them there are very nice restaurants

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    Cuzqueños

    by elpariente Written Mar 3, 2007

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    Los cuzqueños tienen un caracter agradable y pudes hablar con ellos y ver el acento simpático que tienen los que son de origen Quechua
    The Cuzqueños have a very nice character and you may speak with them and listen the nice accent that have those that are of Quechua origin

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    Fiesta

    by elpariente Written Mar 3, 2007

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    Los cuzqueños no necesitan muchas disculpas para organizar una fiesta y desde luego el agua no les para
    The Cuzco people do not need many excusee to make a Fiesta and of course the water will not stop them

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    Share your cup

    by centerofgravity Written Sep 8, 2006

    When you buy an enormous beer or a pitcher of cuba libre at a bar, don't be a tourist and ask for more cups. They only gave you one on purpose. You are meant to share the cup. You will pour a little bit of beer in your cup and when you have shot it back (Peruvians don't really sip alcohol), you pass the cup. I noticed that it is also common in Quechua communities to pour a little bit of your beer on the ground before drinking any, to offer it to Mother Earth.

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    Speaking quechua

    by hethbill Written Aug 21, 2006

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    We learned a few Quecha phrases while on the Inca trail so if you are travelling about, especially away from main towns where people likely speak Quecha, this may make a local smile:
    Thank you: sulpaiki (sul-pie-key)
    Hi, how are ya : Allilanchu
    I'm doing alright: Allilanmay
    See you later: Tupananchiskama (too panan cheese kama)

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    Coca leaf

    by SirRichard Written May 11, 2005

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    Local people use to chew coca leaf here, or drink it like coca tea. Coca is not cocaine (though the drug comes from the leaf), so is not forbidden here, you can buy it at markets, or ask for a tea in a cafeteria.
    They say is good to fight altitude sickness. The way to chew it is:
    Take a handful of leaf (like 10-15) put them inside your mouth, at one side and slowly chew it. The first taste will be bitter but it gets softer after a while. Keep them in your miuth for about 15 minutes and then throw them away, don't swallow!

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    Peruvian Cowboys Wear No Boots

    by AKtravelers Written Apr 8, 2005

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    One of the more amazing thing about our horseback ride through the Sacrd Valley was the paltry footwear sported by our guide, Juan Carlos. In the U.S., serious horse riders wear serious footwear -- cowboy boots for western or fancier boots for English style (pardon my horse fashion ignorance here). But Juan Carlos wore only sandals -- and his caloused feet reveal that this was normal for him. I explained to him that he must be tougher than an American cowboy for doing it this way, but I'm not sure my broken Spanish translated well.

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    Local Fashion means wearing alpaca and a hat

    by AKtravelers Written Apr 4, 2005

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    The Sacred Valley of Peru is one of the few places I have been (outside of the Islamic World) where a large number of people have resisted western fashion. Here, many Peruvian women still wear sweaters madefrom alpaca and hats that most Americans would find to be very masculine. Furthermore, almost all the women wear their hair long and in braids. One of the best places to see women so beautifully attired is the Pisac Farmer's Market, which is held every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday.
    You will notice a pronounced generation gap when it comes to such clothing. The younger generation, exposed to the internet and television, has not adopted these clothing styles. It makes us wonder if women dressed like this will be with us in 30 years. Or, if they are, will they be asking for money to take their pictures like the girls described in our Tourist Trap Tip.

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    Fuegos artificiales / Fireworks

    by elpariente Written Mar 3, 2007

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    No hay celebración que se precie que no tenga sus fuegos artificiales
    There is not any celebration that do not have fireworks

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