Cusco Local Customs

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    On Plaza de Armas with a baby alpaca
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  • 1. Local Traditions

    There are little ceramic bulls on all the rooftops in the Sacred Valley. They are supposed to bring good luck, and fertility, to the household. Many roofs had a cross between the bulls. Some roofs...

  • 2. Local Drinks

    In 1908, a small brewery was established in the city of Cusco and started brewing what would become one of the best and most popular beers in the country: Cerveza Cusqueña. The brand was recently...

  • 3. Local Food

    We had to try some and it did taste like a cross between chicken and pork. It's a delicacy and is usually the most expensive thing on the menu. Even though it tasted rgood especially the crispy...

  • 4. Local Culture

    The woman in this picture is selling garbage bags fill of coca. The thoght of that was at first strange but then I unamericanized my feelings a bit and it was more normal. Coca is lardly made to make...

  • 5. Local Festivities: Others

    Christmas is essentially a religious celebration in Cusco. But for the visitor, there are some special traditions that make this a magical time to visit the ancient city. You won´t see the massive...

  • 6. Local Festivities: Inti Raimi

    In Cusco several big celebrations take place, as well christian festivities as also festivities based on Inca traditions. One important christian celebration is the christ holiday "Feast of Corpus...

  • 7. Girls and women walking around with alpacas

    Pretty much anywhere you go in the old city, you'll see young girls walking around with baby alpacas, or older women walking with adult ones. They are usually...

  • 8. Ladies Football

    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...

  • 9. PERUWEB:worth knowing before visiting cusco... (=comision de promocion del peru) official'll find there a lot of info (choose "cusco") you want to...

  • 10. Oops!

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

  • 11. Balcones / Balconies

    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...

  • 12. Cuzqueños

    Los cuzqueños tienen un caracter agradable y pudes hablar con ellos y ver el acento simpático que tienen los que son de origen QuechuaThe Cuzqueños have a very...

  • 13. Fiesta

    Los cuzqueños no necesitan muchas disculpas para organizar una fiesta y desde luego el agua no les paraThe Cuzco people do not need many excusee to make a...

  • 14. Share your cup

    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...

  • 15. Speaking quechua

    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...

  • 16. Coca leaf

    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...

  • 17. Peruvian Cowboys Wear No Boots

    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...

  • 18. Local Fashion means wearing alpaca and a hat

    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....

  • 19. Fuegos artificiales / Fireworks

    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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