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Earth Day 2018

In two years, the Earth Day Network will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of its mission to “diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide”. (https://www.earthday.org/) Over the past forty-eight years, Earth Day has indeed gone global. Over 141 countries around the world, including Peru, participate in each year’s initiative. Since 2006, we here at […]

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Inti Raymi

For the Incas, the winter solstice marked not only the beginning of winter, but also the beginning of a new year. As is customary in many cultures, they celebrated the New Year with grand ceremony, but for the Incas the meaning of this day was more profound than just a new beginning or a turning […]

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Basta o primeiro dia para se encantar pela Rota de Lares do Mountain Lodges

Sorriso fácil, brilho nos olhos e os coloridos trajes de rotina. Carismático, o líder comunitário Julian Maqque Ccoyo parecia feliz ao receber a mim e a meu grupo de 10 pessoas na pacata comunidade rural de Viacha, nas alturas dos Andes peruano. Era o primeiro dos meus 5 dias indo de Cusco até Machu Picchu […]

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My Cusco experience with the little ones

Like everyone says, if you are visiting Machu Picchu, Cusco is not a town to pass through. It deserves a few days to explore. Based high in the Andes, its best to initially stay in Aguas Calientes to acclimatise to the higher altitude, especially with little ones in tow. Cusco is a beautiful city with […]

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Mercado San Pedro

Cusco’s central market, the Mercado San Pedro, is the place to visit to get a glimpse of local city life. Much more than just a place where fresh produce is sold, it’s also one of the best food hubs of the city, offering breakfast, lunch and everything in-between. Here´s my suggested tour to get the […]

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Mama Coca: Myths and Songs

For the Andean people, life itself, from birth to death, is profoundly immersed in the sharing and the consumption of coca leaves. Mama Coca or Mother Coca is so highly regarded and sacred, that not only the living chew the leaves on a regular basis, but also the dead carry coca leaves in their mouths. […]

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The Colorful Wear of Rural Andean Communities

  Rural Andean communities have many things in common; a notorious one is the colorfulness of their traditional garments. The patterns on the garments and textiles normally vary from community to community, or region to region, and traditionally these are a representation of animals, natural elements, and deities. For example, the patterns weaved by Chinchero […]

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Our Favorite Five Coffee Spots in Cusco City

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Inti Raymi: Cusco’s biggest celebration of the year

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Tarwi: The Andean Crop That Embodies Sustainability