Living in Peru: tips and tricks

Living in Peru: tips and tricks

Living in Peru: tips and tricks

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be more than a tourist in Cusco? Well, about a year ago, my boyfriend and I decided to take the plunge and find out for ourselves. We had just finished a month and half long backpacking trip through Ecuador and Peru, with Cusco as our final destination. Without jobs or a place to live, we made the decision to call Cusco our home. We were ready to find out.. what would it be like to be living in Peru? In this blog you will find our “living in Peru: tips and tricks”.

Finding a Home and a Job

The first steps in moving anywhere are the essentials: a home and a job. Finding both of these things in Cusco isn´t too hard, but you want to make sure you are finding the right job and the right apartment.

As wide-eyed Cusco newcomers, it is easy to want to take the first things offered to you, but these might not be the best available. The same goes for all things, from weekly routines like grocery shopping in Cusco to meeting friends, and finding your favorite spots and activities to do in Peru! You´ve got to put in the work to find what works best for you. However, as a semi-expert, I can make this period of trial and error shorter for you, by giving you some recommendations, from one extranjera to another! (more…)

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Pisco Sour: the emblematic cocktail of Peru.

Pisco Sour, the emblematic cocktail of Peru

Pisco Sour: the emblematic cocktail of Peru.

Pisco is without a doubt one of the most controversial, patriotic and mythical alcoholic beverages in the world. Besides that, it makes for an extraordinary tasty cocktail: the Pisco Sour!
This brandy based mix has been popular for centuries in Peru, and many restaurants in Cusco like to offer it as a free drink to their clientes. But Pisco comes with its fair share of controversies.

First of all there is the discrepancy about the exact origin of the name pisco itself . Some say it means bird in Quechua; a species frequently seen in what today is known as the Pisco Valley. The natives of this coastal valley were also called piskos. They were exceptional ceramic artisans and the clay pots they made to keep their local moonshine chicha in were eventually also called piskos. Sailors that transported these pots between the colonies then started naming the drink pisco, after the port of Pisco where it was believed to originate from.
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Main Christmas Tradition Peru: Cusco Santurantikuy Christmas Fair

The Cusco Santurantikuy Christmas Fair

Main Christmas Tradition in Peru: Cusco Santurantikuy Christmas Fair

Though Christmas time in Cusco might not be what you are used to, it is an unforgettable experience to spend the holiday season in this beautiful town. If if you are traveling in Peru and you don’t know where to spend Christmas in Peru, come to Cusco! One of the great things about a Cusco Christmas is an mayor event called the ”Santurantikuy” Christmas Fair.

Christmas Fair

The Santurantikuy Christmas Fair takes place in the Plaza de Armas on the 23rd and 24th of December, the main day of the fair being Christmas Eve.
Hundreds of vendors flock to the Plaza to set up their booths, where they display various Christmas knickknacks, souvenirs for tourists and typical Christmas food.
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All about the Boleto Turistico in Cusco

All about the Boleto Turistico in Cusco

All about the Boleto Turistico in Cusco

When travellers in Peru arrive to Cusco, hearing the words “Boleto Turistico” are inevitable. You might ask yourself “For what do I need this Boleto Turistico? What is it good for?” The answer is easy: This ticket is essential for entering many of the most important and fascinating sites Cusco has to offer.
Read here All About the Boleto Turistico in Cusco.

What is the Boleto Turistico?

Having a “Tourist Ticket” or Boleto Turistico is crucial when you want to visit many of the famous tourist sites in and around Cusco, like the villages and ruins in The Sacred Valley (Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero) or many well-known spots in the city of Cusco (more…)

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How to explore the Sacred Valley in Cusco New Style

How to explore the Sacred Valley in Cusco New Style

How to explore the Sacred Valley in Cusco New Style

There are more options to discover the stunning Sacred Valley of the Incas than sitting in a full and slow bus while staring out of the window. Those traditional tours are ok but give few options to interact with Cusco’s beautiful nature and the friendly people. One of the most diverse and fun tours to explore the Sacred Valley New Style, is going on a QUAD TOUR in Cusco.

 
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How the ancient Inca Traditions remain in Peru´s Society Today

How the ancient Inca Traditions remain in Peru´s Society Today

How the ancient Inca Traditions remain in Peru´s Society Today

The sacramental celebration of Corpus Christi, of the body and blood of Christ, is a spiritual ceremony held in the beautiful city of Cusco. Attending this procession, one feels within a force of contrasts, being witness to this significant Christian celebration in the setting of Cusco, the center of Inca heritage in Peru. Enjoy the colorful parade of the Christian saints while experiencing the locals displaying their colorful costumes, moving to traditional Andean music.

The festival of Corpus Christi is created from both the indigenous roots of Peru and its Spanish influences brought by the conquistadores. Before the arrival of the Spaniards, the Inca had their own way of worshiping and paying tribute to their holy figures – on special occasions, the mummies of ancestors were carried out in large procession and celebrated in their ancient rituals. (more…)

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Test your Knowledge about these 3 Symbols of the Incas

Test your Knowledge about these 3 Symbols of the Incas

Test your Knowledge about these 3 Symbols of the Incas

Walking through the city of Cusco, the ancient centre of the Inca Empire, we can sometimes spot faded (and undiscovered?) shapes and symbols in the stone walls and paths. A lot of neighbourhoods in Cusco still contain the original stones from the high times of the Inca culture.

We can also still find plenty of impressive Inca remains around the city. Upon visiting these sites today, one cannot avoid noticing the symbols carved into the stone that have the shape of three reoccurring animals: the Condor, the Puma and the Snake. What did these animals mean to the Inca and what mysteries do they hold today?
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Peru, land of the Potato: How the ancient root can secure food supply in Peru facing climate change

Peru, land of the Potato: How the ancient root can secure food supply in Peru facing climate change

The awareness for global warming is increasing. The governments of various countries as well as civil organizations are making a great effort to take steps towards lessening the impacts of climate changes and adapting to its current conditions. Unfortunately, the people who are most affected by global warming are the least to blame for its acceleration.

Being one of the megadiverse countries with an extremely high biodiversity, Peru will be greatly affected. Peru’s minorities, such as the indigenous population, have already been impacted by global warning. Sadly, these are the people that have the fewest resources do adapt to future challenges. The region of Cusco has already been affected by the effects of the changing conditions.
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Experience the legacy of the Inca God Wiracocha

Experience the legacy of the Inca God Wiracocha

Peru is rich in hidden mysteries, ancient culture and testimonies carved in stone. In order to find out about these cultural wonders, one does not necessarily have to open up a history book. Although a great deal of the evidence of the Inca Empire (1425 CE – 1532 CE) was destroyed by the Spanish conquistadores, there is still an astounding amount of ruins in Peru that give us hints about this high culture.

At the same time, these stony remains also bring up many questions. Who were the Incas? How were they capable of constructing impressive cities, infrastructures and temples? Which beliefs were they driven by? (more…)

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Golden grain from the Andes

El Grano de Oro de los Andes

In the Western world it is only now starting to gain fame but in South-America, especially in Peru, it has been a common good for over 4,000 years: Quinoa. This high in protein grain, lacks gluten and is rich of calcium and iron. The nutritional value is comparable to that of cereals. Quinoa is used in soups, stews but also in cakes, breads and in Cusco, there is even a very popular ‘mermelada de quinoa’, quinoa marmalade.
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