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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Buying Peruvian Textiles in Cusco

peruvian-textiles

Textiles are important in Peru. They have been since pre-Columbian times. They have been since pre-Incan times. They continued to be important despite attempts by the Spanish to destroy indigenous culture and identity, and they are still important today thanks to renewed interest in studying and preserving indigenous culture.

Unsurprisingly, part of the importance of textiles today is economic. Who doesn’t love brightly colored, super soft, or elaborately patterned gifts to take back home to friends and family? Heck, that souvenir might not even make it back home, you’ll end up stealing your sister’s scarf for yourself on the air-conditioned airplane ride. From textiles rendered into modern-day bags, purses, and shoes to more traditional textiles like the liqlla (blanket), jakima (small ribbon), and chullo (knitted men’s hat), there are a range of gorgeous products that fill every market and standout in shop window displays. With all the variety, it can sometimes be overwhelming. How do you know what type of hat to get your dad when there are thousandsof different kinds and thousands of different people selling? How do you find the best deal or the best quality? Where can you find fair trade items? Find the answers in this Guide to Buying Textiles in Cusco.

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