Departamento de Cusco Local Customs

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Departamento de Cusco Local Customs

  • Local Traditions

    Cusco Local Customs

    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 also have flowers. The flowers go up the day you put the roof on (even if the doors and windows aren't in yet) and there is a celebration.

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  • Llamas

    Machu Picchu Local Customs

    Perhaps Machu Picchu was abandoned by humans nearly 500 years ago, but that doesn't mean wildlife went away with them! The site is home to a few llamas, some of which are known for their notorious photobombing skills (for a good laugh, just Google it!). I was also psyched to see a couple of viscachas, an Andean chichilla species that sort of looks...

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  • Local Drinks

    Cusco Local Customs

    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 bought by the company Backus, the biggest brewery in Peru, which increased Cerveza Cusqueña's visibility on the international market without changing the...

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  • Information / Sources

    Machu Picchu Local Customs

    You probably have read this again and again in the Peru travel guides, but it's true --- Burping publicly is considered very offensive, disrespectful and rude when in Peru. Here in USA, one of my colleagues burped and our Peruvian friend was quite annoyed. I don't know the history behind this and I am not sure which is worse for them - burping...

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  • Local Food

    Cusco Local Customs

    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 skin ...I just would never get used to eating something that can look back at me. Its head was still on !!

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  • Local Culture

    Cusco Local Customs

    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 Coca tea not cocaine. The tea is pretty good, it tastes kinda sweet without any sugar and I really wish I would have brought some home with me.

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  • Local Festivities: Others

    Cusco Local Customs

    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 commercialization here that you do at home. Ask a Cusqueňans what´s special about Christmas and they are bound to mention the all important Panetóns...

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  • Local Festivities: Inti Raimi

    Cusco Local Customs

    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 Christi" The most important Inca tradition is the "Fiesta del Sol (IntiRaymi), a celebration that has not been celebrated for 500 years until the year...

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  • Trajes tradicionales - Pisac -...

    La gente que viene los domingos al mercado suelen bajar con sus trajes tradicionalesThe people that comes to the Sunday market use to come down using their traditional costumes

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  • Chakana

    La Chakana o Cruz Andina es una cruz cuadrada con los bordes escalonados cuyo centro es un círculo hueco , que se supone es el huevo cósmico de donde surgió toda la creación . Representa cuarto reinos con tres escalones cada uno que significan los tres mundos.Chakana significa “cruz del sur”, constelación que era venerada en toda la región andina...

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  • Trapezoidal - Pisac -Trapezoidal

    La forma trapezoidal en puertas , ventanas , nichos... es el sello característico y el más repetitivo de la arquitectura Inca.Algunos son sencillos y lisos , mientras otros tienen una o dos jambas En las ventanas se puede ver que algunas son de verdad , mientras otras son ciegas y tienen sólo una función decorativaThe trapezoidal shape in doors ,...

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  • Colore - Pisac - Colours

    Los bonitos coloridos de sus lanas los siguen obteniendo en algunos sitios utilizando productos naturales y plantas y siguiendo los métodos tradicionales El color rojo lo obtienen con la cochinilla que es un parásito de las chumberasThe nice wools colours they keep on getting in some places using the natural products and plants and following the...

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  • Tejiendo en Pisac - Weaving in Pisac

    Tanto los hombres como las mujeres tejen los hilos hechos con lana de vicuña, alpaca y llama utilizando los métodos de sus antepasadosBoth men and women weave the threads made with vicuña , alpaca and llama wool , using the same method than their ancestors

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  • Tejiendo en Pisac - Weaving in Pisac

    Tanto los hombres como las mujeres tejen los hilos hechos con lana de vicuña, alpaca y llama utilizando los métodos de sus antepasadosBoth men and women weave the threads made with vicuña , alpaca and llama wool , using the same method than their ancestors

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  • Hilanderas - Chinchero - Spinners

    Paseando por Chinchero se ve a las mujeres , quechuas , que van con su traje típico y que no pierden el tiempo pues van constantemente hilandoWalking by Chinchero you may see the Quechua women that are wearing a typical dress and that they do not waste their time as They are continuously spinning

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  • Elecciones / Elections

    Estuvimos en Perú en época de elecciones y estaba todo el país movilizado , propaganda pintada en todos los edificios y reuniones de los candidatos en todas las esquinas We were in Peru during elections period and all the country it was in movement , painted propaganda in all the buildings and candidates meetings in every corner

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  • Adobe

    Prácticamente todas las casas del valle están hechas de adobe , que después lo revocan y lo pintanEl adobe normalmente se hace al lado de la casa utilizando tierra y pajaLos tejados se hacen con tejas así no hay grandes contrastes con el paisajePractically most of the valley houses are adobe made , that latter on they they put a cement layer and...

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  • Camelidos

    En una granja pudimos ver los distinto tipos de camelidos andinos , los domesticados llamas y alpacas y los no domesticados guanacos y vicuñas In a farm we could see the different types of Andean camelids the tamed llamas and alpacas and those not tamed guanacos and vicuñas

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  • Stone Piles At Moray

    You 'll notice stone piles in some of the ruins. Our unofficial guide told us that it was a custom for visitors (in the ancient time) to bring a stone and put it on top of the pile for good luck when you visit another place. These stone piles are from Moray.

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  • Good luck charm

    You'll see people put these on top of their roofs. It's supposed to bring luck and prosperity to the house. I wish I know what it is called.

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Departamento de Cusco Hotels

  • Hotel Monasterio Cusco

    We didnt really think of coming here until we started mapping out a plan of our independant walking...

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  • Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel

    Av. Hermanos Ayar Mz 1 L-3, Aguas Calientes, Sacred Valley, Peru

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4.5 out of 5 stars

  • Royal Inca Pisac

    Carretera Picas Ruinas,Sacred Valley, Sacred Valle

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 2 out of 5 stars

  • Libertador Tambo Del Inca

    AV. FERROCARRIL S/N,SACRED VALLEY, Sacred Valley,

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 5 out of 5 stars

  • Libertador Palacio del Inka, Cusco

    While in Cusco, we would spend 2 nights at the "Libertador Palacio del Inka" hotel. It's a rather...

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  • Inkaterra Machu Picchu

    Try Machu Picchu Hostal,if travelling by train,you step off the train onto the platform and...

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  • Pisac Inn

    The town of Pisac is situated just 45 minutes from Cusco and even closer to other attractions in the...

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  • Hotel Rio Sagrado

    Km. 75.8, Carretera Cusco, Urubamba, C01, Peru

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4.5 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel Torre Dorada

    I stayed at Hotel Torre Dorada on a trip to Machu Pichu. I can't say enough good things about the...

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