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The Corpus Christi (body of Christ) festival in Cusco, Peru is a very colorful ceremony and part of a well-kept Peruvian tradition. Corpus Christi is celebrated all over the Christian world, but the event in Cusco always attracts thousands of people, and many visitors from all over the world. Worshippers and festival-goers line the streets […]

Located in the Ancash region of northern Peru, the Cordillera Blanca (White Range, in Spanish) is the second highest mountain range in the world after the Himalayas. In fact, it includes at least 16 peaks that tower above 6000 meters (19,685 ft). Resting at their base are pristine lakes and rivers; luscious green valleys surround […]

Along the train route between Macchu Pichu and Cusco, in the Sacred Valley, lies a small town named Ollantaytambo, which is most famous for its fortress. The Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo was key in repelling an attack by the Spanish. During Pentecost, the market town of Ollantaytambo celebrates in worship of the town’s patron saint, Señor de Choquekillka. The festival begins on Pentecost Sunday and […]

Overlooking the  Pacific Ocean, Lima sits on the cliffs of  the central coast of Peru. Its metropolitan area is home to about 9 million people, a third of Peru’s population. The city was founded in 1535 by Francisco Pizarro as Ciudad de los Reyes (City of Kings) and its importance quickly grew for the Spanish empire. […]

As the main gateway to Machu Picchu, Peru’s most important tourist attraction, Cusco is a destination with lots to offer for those traveling in Peru. After all, it’s one of the most visited cities in the country. As such, there are plenty of places to eat; serving everything from typical Peruvian fare, to the most […]

The festival Cruz Velacuy, which translates as Velacuy Cross, is the day of catholic crosses, and it is held in the Peruvian city Cusco and other Andean villages, usually from May 3 – May 4. The Cruz Velacuy festival is held to thank the pre-Hispanic gods for a bountiful harvest.  The Cruz Velacuy is a derivation of […]

The Peruvian festival El Señor de los Temblores (translated as ‘Lord of the tremors’) takes place every year in the city of Cusco over Easter (Holy Week. or Semana Santa), running from late March to early April. This celebration is a good example of the fusion of Andean (Incan) and Christian religions. The festival has its […]

November 7th, 2013Peru 0 Comments

Running for miles and miles south of the Paracas Peninsula, the Paracas National Reserve is the oldest marine reserve in Peru. It was established in 1975 to preserve the marine ecosystem and the ancient local culture, the Paracas culture. The coast is bordered by miles of desert, and it has good views of a few […]

Located at 3400 meters above sea level, Cusco stretches out high on the mountains of the Andes. Back in the days of the Incas, it used to be the center of their empire – the navel of the world. At the time, the city was so magnificent that when the Spanish arrived in Cusco in […]

October 24th, 2013Peru 3 Comments

Located between Cuzco and Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley follows the course of the Urubamba river and its surrounded by towering hills. Back in the day, the Incas chose to settle in the area because of the mild climate and the rich agricultural potential of its lands. All through the valley, there are numerous villages […]

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