5 Books To Read Before Going To Cusco

5 Books To Read Before Going To Cusco

5 Books To Read Before Going To Cusco

Cusco is a city filled with interesting culture, intriguing stories and history. These aspects, among others, make Cusco such a popular tourist destination. However, some of these stories and history can’t be seen in a glance of an eye. With more knowledge, it is easier to see the hidden history and secret stories of Cusco. A great way to gain this knowledge is to read books that have taken place in the old Inca capital or Peru in general. So, get your basic travel guides out of the way and pick up some novels! This list contains some must-reads to pick up before or during your travels to Peru.

Lost City of the Incas

A visit to Peru isn’t complete without a trip to the old Inca Citadel Machu Picchu. This site is considered as one of the Seven New Wonders of the World for good reasons. The location of the Lost City of the Incas is stunning and its history is even more mysterious. It is easy to imagine that Machu Picchu was built by an exotic culture that is from out of this world. (more…)

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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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