Cusco’s most famous photographer Martin Chambi

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Currently, throughout the city center of Cusco, you will find large format photos taken by Martin Chambi (1891-1973). The images are placed at the exact spot that Chambi took them in the mid-20th century. Chambi was an indigenous photographer from Peru, born in Coaza, on the north of Lake Titicaca. He is considered one of the great figures of photography and was a member of the Cusco School of Photography.

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Pilgrimage of Señor de Huanca in Cusco

Peregrinación del Señor de Huanca en Cusco

Each year on September 14th, Peruvians and people from neighboring countries (mainly Bolivia) come to walk the Pilgrimage route of Señor de Huanca close to Cusco. At almost 50 kilometers from the Inca capital, at a height of 3,100 meters (up to 4,250 meters), it is a tough and cold 6 hour hike in the middle of the night. At the end of the trail there is a painting of a wounded Christ on a rock greeting you. The pilgrimages arriving at the spot will cleanse in the pure waters of the spring, hoping for good karma for the rest of the year. Prior to the day of the walk a week filled with festivities takes place.
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Peru, home of the potato

Peru, home of the potato

All though for many many years the potatoe was consired “peruvian”, since 2008 there has been a high-rising conflict between Peru and neighbor Chile. Both countries have been fighting for years about which of them can be considered ‘the home’ of the potato. Fact is that scientists all believe potatoes have originated from the Andes in Peru. Well over 100 potato cultivators can be found in just one valley in Peru! Some of the oldest archeological finds were located around Lake Titicaca. The potato began it’s career in food culture between 2000 and 3000 BC and continues today with many different colors, flavors, sizes and textures.

The potato was first introduced in Europe by Spanish explorers. Coming back home from their South-American expeditions in 1536 they brought potato plants with them. The Inca’s had been cultivating the plant for hundreds of years; Spanish monks started to spread the potato to other European countries. They planted potato plants in the gardens of their monasteries. Soon different races arose and people started to breed crosses. Nowadays there are more than 4000 different kinds of potatoes in the world.
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Inti Raymi Brings the Inca Past to Life

Celebrating Inti Raymi in Cusco

June is the month of “Fiestas de Cusco” and here in this magical place we have been celebrating all the festivals: the rebuilding of the Q´eswachaka Bridge, Qoyllur Rit´i, Corpus Christi, and the other daily parades in the Plaza de Armas. The city is growing with anticipation as the biggest and most important celebration, Inti Raymi, is coming up soon.  This Festival of the Sun takes place on June 24th when the sun is farthest away from the earth. This traditional, Inca celebration worships the sun and pleads for its return.

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Qoyllur Rit’i and other important festivals take place in June in Cusco

Qoyllur Rit’i and other important festivals take place in June in Cusco

During the month of June, Cusco and its surrounding areas turn into one big, continuous fiesta. Cusco flags adorn the main Plaza de Armas, traditional music is played continuously, and kids practice their dances in the main squares. All of these details remind the people every day that it is the most important month of the year for Cusco with important festivals, such as: Qoyllur Rit´i, Corpus Christi, and Inti Raymi. The first celebration, Qoyllur Rit´i, is the largest Native Indian celebration in the Americas and takes place in the Sinakara Valley in the southern Andes of Peru.
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