Blogs from Cusco, Cusco, Peru, South America - page 2


South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco November 3rd 2018

Today we joined another for group to visit two more remote sites. Similar to yesterday we went to tour agency office and the man escorted us to Place De Armas, found our group and we followed the guide again to the same bus stop. First stop was to the Andahuaylillas Church although he encouraged us to go into a shop first before the church. Seems to be a common thing like in China. At the church, there is a 15 soles entry fee as it is not on the Cusco tourist ticket. Then we noticed a sign saying no photos so I just a took a peek into the church and decided not to go in. Daisy went in with the guide and a handful of others. I just waited outside and spoke to two guys ... read more

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco October 12th 2018

Bird watching near the city of Cusco If you have fun observing birds and nature, this is the right tour for you which is barely ten or fifteen minutes by car from the city of Cusco near the temple of Tambomachay, an ancient source of water, a ritual spot since pre-columbian times. The altitude average where we will be walking around is about twelve thousand feet or three thousand eight hundred meters above sea level, the species that we can observe are around like fifteen among them a beautiful yellow belie Sicalis Luteola which is a grassland finch close to the marshlands, but in this case close to stream, as well as near the cultivated lands and villages, usually is found in pairs or in groups and is very easy to identify them because the bright ... read more
Andean sparrow

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco October 12th 2018

Sacsaywaman the temple of lightning: if you are familiarized with the Greek mythology you are able to understand this temple which is known mistakenly as fortress because in 1536 was used at such; however the study of mythology and archetypes reveal some symbols as the thunder bolt, eagle, mountain lion which are the classic symbols related to the main God of the Olympus. Ancient philosophers remind us that the essence of concepts and ideas can be uncover through the shape, in this case we can clearly observe the zigzag patterns that reveals its own purpose, as symbol of lightning and thunderbolt concept applied to Zeus and its similarity to the main God in the Andes known as Viracocha the maker. If you take a review in mythology you will notice that at times Zeus appears as ... read more

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco October 12th 2018

Moray a journey through the time If you are reading this blog it means you might be interested strongly or merely curious about the site of Moray in Cusco, a place that was said by esoteric groups to be a sort of Mandala; however the site seems to have been used for agricultural used by ancient societies in Cusco. The name of Mandala derives from Sanskrit, an ancient language that has a meaning and approach to the figure of “the circle” which is the most perfect form that human beings known in our three dimensional world. According to the Swiss Psychologist Carl Gustav Jung who mentioned widely the purpose of Mandala an ancient archetype symbol that appear in the unconscious mind to restore or repair the order, an effort of the collective mind to bring harmony ... read more

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco October 12th 2018

An outing discovering the ancient archetypes of Cusco Cusco is at least three thousand years old since the earlier cultures settle in the hills of its surrounding trying to avoid the humidity of its swamps, ponds and several streams and rivers that passed through. Fortunately we can count on the several legends that reveal and uncover the archetypes of these societies that inhabited this mysterious and mystical andean city of Cusco. First of all, I would like to describe the triads and tetrads hidden in the legend of the four brothers who emerged with their respective wives from three caves. The names are as follow: Ayar uchu, Ayar Manco, Ayar Auca and finally the most dangerous because its supernatural powers capable of destroying hills with its slingshot and cause tremors on earth. So until here we ... read more

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco September 19th 2018

At last a day off but I still wake up by 5:30, with a snuffly nose and a bit of a cold. We spend the day cruising around this pretty city, going to the San Pedro market where the locals shop for for everything from pigs’ heads to flowers and clothes. It is colourful, clean and not too busy. We don’t try anything at the food court but head back to the chocolate museum for a hot chocolate and chocolate brownie for lunch. Needless to say we go through a few markets to get there. We also discover a museum (exhibition really) for a textile artist called Maximo Laura who does the most amazing weaving with wonderfully vibrant colours. These large wall hangings are about 1.5m by 3m and cost up to 20k USD. What a ... read more
San Pedro market - flower section
San Pedro Market - even the pigs look happy
San Pedro market - juice bar

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco September 1st 2018

Have you had the experience anytime you have to catch a flight next morning, but you are not in hurry! No rushing for the cab, no worry about the rush hour traffic…just walk down to the terminal and check-in! You feel so relaxed, isn’t it? Here we go! Our flight to Cusco was scheduled to depart at 9 am. Lima highways are often choke-a block in the rush hours. The main reason we stayed in the Wyndham next to the airport in Lima was the ease of getting to check-in. Besides, our flight to Cusco with LCPeru was also confusion. I purchased the tickets from Expedia, who in turn connected me to a 3rd party in Europe to get the tickets on-line. And I could not get through over phone to LCPeru from Calgary to confirm ... read more
Landing in Cusco
Central Square, Cusco
Folk dance in the Sun Festival

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco August 19th 2018

Temple of the stars The temple of the stars is located in downtown, only two blocks from the main square of Cusco, in the current monastery of the religious order run by the Dominicans known as well as «Qorikancha» so named in the native language, and translated literally as the «golden enclosure» due the sheets of gold that covered the outer wall. In such a location most of the higher deities of the Inca elite people and its temples were settled among them the aforementioned temple of the stars as well as that one of the rainbow, lightning, Venus, Moon and the Sun. All this information of course comes from the chroniclers who witnessed this process of conquest by the church and the Spanish. Fortunately the temple of the stars is there standing beautifully with its ... read more

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco August 19th 2018

The Temple of the monkeys The temple of the monkeys is a site in the park of Sacsaywaman (known by visitors for its similarity with the phrase sexy woman) that goes through the ancient royal path connected Cusco with the Jungle and maybe because of it the stonework of the areas displays some monkeys. What do the monkeys have to do with this place? As we Known Cusco city and its surrounding stands in the highlands that is relatively close (about 50 km in straight line) to get he Amazon Realms and why the monkeys were worshipped, what was their meaning?. Beside these symbols and carving, in the lower part we can see in the same lime stone outcrop with a little opening on the ground and then a sort of altar and a stonework with ... read more
The bowels of the earth
The sacred altar
feline-mountain lion

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco August 14th 2018

Walking in Cusco through the pentagon star: By working with geometry and symbols, it just occurred to me to draw lines through ancient Precolumbian sacred areas and I noticed that coincides with an aesthetic five pointed star that resembles the Vitruvian man of Davinci; however in the Andean world is more common to see animal figures such as mountain lions (Pumas, birds, snakes, llamas, alpacas, frogs, etc. I began to project this layout from the traditional neighborhood of San Cristobal an ancient place for training young people like soldiers do today including the King itself during Inca time. Well the idea with this map is to join several ancient sites and combine them with the European symbols, after all Andean religion or let say Peruvian religion which is mostly catholic has been syncretized with ancient symbols ... read more

Tot: 1.854s; Tpl: 0.034s; cc: 6; qc: 63; dbt: 0.0306s; 1; m:saturn w:www (; sld: 1; ; mem: 1.4mb