Cuzco Eats provides informative articles and information about Cuzco’s food as well as its history, society, and culture. We occasionally include articles about other parts of Peru as well as other regions of the Andes.
As it is well known, the fiesta of the Virgen del Carmen is very popular, especially in Paucartambo, which was declared a Cultural Patrimony of the Nation. That image of the Virgin was crowned by Pope John Paul II during his visit to Cusco in 1985.
This fest is celebrated from July 15 to 18 of each year. Days before, all the people who want to attend these feasts must organize their entire itinerary such as transportation and lodging, which is very difficult to obtain for these dates.
Several comparsas (troupes) of typical dances of the region prepare themselves arduously to accompany the Mamacha del Carmen in her processional journey through the Town of Paucartambo. These include traditional dances such as Qhapaq Colla, Qhapaq Negro, Majeño, Siclla, Kachampa, Saqra, etc. Each one plays a very important role in this festivity and its meaning gives it a very important value in history.
But not only is it celebrated in Paucartambo, in Cusco several public and private institutions organize this celebration, although smaller. As usual, fireworks from different places are shot off in the morning. Then one quickly realizes that a celebration is beginning.
Typical dances and bands of musicians get closer to a large crowd of people to the Plaza Mayor of Cusco. You can see how the image of the Virgen del Carmen approaches in procession.
Then all the devotees of the Virgin of Carmen celebrate their days in the best way they can without losing faith and devotion to this miraculous virgin.
National anthems around the world interpret many things as pride, identity, accomplished deeds, feelings of solidarity and glorification of their history and traditions of a nation. All this is turned into a musical composition which thousands and thousands of people sing with pride and passion.
These anthems are expected in world events such as the last World Cup in 2018 and of course the Copa América 2019. The national hymns of the participating countries made a difference and it was possible to see how the fans sang in a strong tone to represent their countries.
Peru—apart from having a great cultural wealth such as gastronomy, traditional drinks, the best tourist destinations, Machupicchu one of the world wonders, identity, etc—has one of the most beautiful hymns in the world and was recognized on many occasions.
Its lyrics were composed by José de la Torre Ugarte and it’s music by José Bernardo Alcedo in 1821. The first time it was sung, it was performed by Rosa Merino de Arenas. The national anthem of Peru is very important because it represents Peruvian freedom.
Peruvian achievements worldwide generate a great identity such as the recognition of Peruvian Pisco, cuisine, coffee, asparagus, corn, potatoes, quinoa, athletes, Machupicchu, and much more others give us pride.
When Peru’s national anthem sounds, all Peruvians stand up and sing loudly, proud of this nation which was a cradle of ancestral cultures and historical events that marked throughout the history of Peru and generate a great identity.
Here we leave a rough translation of the complete lyrics of one of the most beautiful hymns in the world, The National Anthem of Peru.
We’re free! Let’s always know it!
And may the sun deny its light,
Before we fail the solemn vow
That the Fatherland raised to the Eternal.
Long the oppressed Peruvian
Dragged the ominous chain
Condemned to a cruel servitude,
Long in silence he moaned.
But the sacred cry—
Freedom—on its shores was heard,
The indolence of the slave shakes,
The humiliated servant was lifted.
Already the rumble of hoarse chains—
Who listened to three centuries of horror
From the free, to the sacred cry
That he the world heard astonished—ceased.
Everywhere San Martin inflamed,
Freedom! freedom! he pronounced:
And rocking the Andes’ base
They enunciated it in one voice.
With its influence the peoples awaken
And what a ray, ran the opinion,
From the Isthmus to the land of fire
From the fire to the frozen region.
Everyone swears to break the link,
What Nature denied to both worlds,
And break the scepter that Spain
Laid proudly on both.
Lima fulfills its solemn vow,
And severe its anger showed,
The powerful tyrant throwing,
Who tried to lengthen his oppression.
To this effort, the irons jumped
And the grooves that self repaired
fueled by hatred and revenge
inherited from its Inca and Lord.
Countrymen, let us no more see us
Enslaved, humiliated for three centuries they moaned,
Forever let us swear to be free,
Maintaining our own splendor
Our arms, until today unarmed,
Always be priming the barrel,
That one day the beaches of Iberia,
Will feel the terror of our noise.
Let’s excite Spain’s jealousy
Well, it senses with diminution and fury
That in the competition of great nations
Our homeland will be comparable.
In the list of these forms
We will fill be first in line
Though the ambitious Iberian tyrant,
Ravaged the whole of America.
At its top the Andes hold
The flag, our bicolor flag.
Let the effort be announced for centuries
That being free, it always gave us.
In its shadow we live quietly,
And when the sun rises from its summits,
Let us renew the great oath
That we surrender to the God of Jacob.
Peru is a country that has a great abundance of flora and fauna, from exotic species of mammals to beautiful birds of all colours. Thanks to this great variety of birds, our country participated in the Global Big Day event on May 9 and won the first place in reports of birds observed with a total of 1188 species. Of all these species observed and recorded, 85% of them are resistant to high and low temperatures, in addition to 120 species that are endemic.
The Global Big Day is an international contest with the aim of promoting bird watching all over the world in a single day. Each participating country must identify the largest number of birds. This event is cataloged as one of the biggest Ornithological competitions held worldwide.
The departments in which more birds were recorded were Madre de Dios and Cusco with a total of 440 and 428 species respectively. Among all these species we have the cock of the rocks, marvelous hummingbird or spatula tail, white-winged guan, Andean condor, flamingo, Peruvian miner, among others.
Each year more people participate collectively in these events of global competition with the interest of observing the largest number of birds in the country and promoting the importance of birds in this world.
These events are having a great impact on the different governments of the world since it has become a political interest to conserve and regulate the conservation of wildlife with increasingly protective regulations limiting hunting and deforestation of the habitats of these species (especially endangered species).
If you are passionate about birds we invite you from Cuzco Eats to be part of these events and thus help the conservation of many of these magnificent animals.
After the great victory of the Peruvian National Team against Chile in the semifinal of the Copa America, we moved to the city of Cusco to witness the lighting of the torch of the Pan American and Parapan American Games Lima 2019.
Machupicchu the wonder of Peru was chosen for the lighting of the flame of the Pan-American torch and it is to be expected since this place symbolizes the ancestral culture of the Incas and of all Peru, also it provides a great identity to all Peruvians.
In the same Archaeological Complex of Machu Picchu, after a ceremony the President of Peru received the Pan-American Torch from the hands of an artist who staged a chasqui or messenger in the time of the Incas.
Also present were authorities from the town of Aguas Calientes and the city of Cusco. This torch will have a long journey and will be for several regions of Peru before arriving at its main headquarters where this great event will be held in the city of Lima.
For more details, the Pan-American torch will visit 26 cities in Peru, on a 22-day tour before arriving in Lima. You will visit Lake Titicaca in Puno, the mountain of seven colors in Cusco, the Colca Canyon in Arequipa, the citadel of Chanchan and part of the Amazon region of Loreto and many other places.
In this way all of Peru will participate in this great event where athletes from Peru and from 41 countries will participate in this great event. The Pan American and Parapan American Games Lima 2019.
Day of Peru’s Signature Dish, El Ceviche is a word that is heard daily throughout Peru and in many parts of the world. In recent years Ceviche has captivated the palate of thousands of people around the world for its flavor and its peculiarity. Each time, it has more followers who prefer to eat a delicious dish of ceviche accompanied with a Peruvian Pisco.
This year, 2019, the national day of Ceviche is celebrated on Friday, June 28. It is a great day for all Peruvians since Ceviche is recognized as the signature dish of Peru. Our marine biodiversity allows us to make spectacular dishes of Peruvian Ceviche, especially when there is creativity.
Ceviche in the Street
From trucks, fishing ports, mom’s kitchen, cevicherias, seafood restaurants and even the the world’s renowned chefs, ceviche dishes will shout to the public telling their story and why ceviche became so popular and important for the entire Peruvian country.
From the coast, mountains and jungle you will enjoy this traditional dish that delights everyone who tastes it. You could even say that every day is the national day of Peruvian Ceviche since every day thousands of people, both national and foreign, enjoy a delicious Peruvian Ceviche.
Let’s take advantage of all the important moments that exist throughout the year in Peru. As with ceviche there are many important dates because with all the cultural diversity that Peru has there are Not enough days of the year to enjoy. Then, on the National Ceviche Day I eat Ceviche.
Cusco’s cuisine is a rich Andean tradition inherited from ancient times. It boasts a wide variety of typical dishes that are still being prepared and served in busy picanterías and chicherías of the city of Cusco.
Chiriuchu is considered the signature dish of the city of Cusco because it contains many unique ingredients of the region that delight any palate. It is also seen as the main dish of the Corpus Christi feast. Its translation into Spanish means chilly cold or spicy cold. Although there are many stories of its origin and evolution that explain each ingredient included in the dish, it is not known exactly where its preparation began.
Festival of Chiriuchu in La Plaza San Francisco (Walter Coraza Morveli)
One of the stories tells that Chiriuchu was born in the Aynis (System of reciprocal work) and that after a long day of work, people shared the best food of the home, forming a mixture of different ingredients from the coast, mountains and jungle.
With the arrival of the Spaniards, the cults and rites for religious traditions were replaced. Among these newer forms we have Corpus Cristi, a procession of different patrons and virgins. It is precisely in this Catholic festival where this delicious dish is enjoyed, although you can also eat this in the different picanterías and chicherías throughout the year. In this festivity the Chiriuchu is sold in different points of the city such as San Francisco Square, San Pedro, Santa Ana, in some traditional houses, and in some neighborhoods.
This dish is composed of toasted corn, a slice of cheese, a piece of baked guinea pig, a piece of boiled chicken, cornmeal fritter, and spices, dried meat, algae, fish eggs, guinea pig tullan, and the spicy rocoto.
Cusco is a city with a great culinary tradition, from Cuzco Eats, we invite you to become acquainted with the 10 typical dishes if you are in Cusco or plan to travel to this magnificent city.
Today is an important day for the city of Cusco. On the eve of its glorious Jubilee Day the city is preparing for one of the most important shows known as “Night of Light and Sound”, a firework show followed by folk music. This show will feature four pyrotechnic launch areas (Cristo Blanco, San Cristobal, Pachacutec Monument, April 5), as well as the presentation of different musical groups.
According to the Municipal Festival of Cusco, this event will comply with all safety and quality standards comparable with international events. In addition, the fireworks show will have a sequence called piromusical that combines the pyrotechnic with Andean music and national and local artists, as well as the light and sound show. It is developed in strategic alliance with the Regional Directorate of Foreign Trade and Tourism.
The show will begin in the afternoon after the meeting of Peru – Venezuela for the Copa America, and then continue with the presentation of different musical groups, among them we have Lucho Quequezana, the Mojarras, Motteros, Beto Mena, Sin Frontera, and Orq. Valentino.
The pyrotechnic show will start at a certain time of night where you can appreciate different forms, including an impressive waterfall. This is a family show that every year is improving in its presentations and this year will not be different.
We invite you from Cuzco Eats to be part of the parties of Cusco, you will not be sorry.
A few steps from the main square of Cusco in full celebration for the Jubilee month of the city is taking place the 1st international festival of arts “QOSQO T’IKARINAMPAQ”, from June 8 and will end on June 15, 2019.
This festival is located on several streets near the center of the city, such as Plazoleta Regocijo, Plaza Espinar, Marquez Street, San Francisco Square and San Pedro Plazoleta. The organization of this event is in charge of the Provincial Municipality of Cusco.
A lot of artists are using all their skills just to live. You can see different activities such as wood work, stone work, and metal work.
Using different tools such as grinders, cutters, welders, hammers, among other tools, they work to finish their works of art. We can say that there are several positions where artists are working and at the same time many people are observing the hard work to make a work of art.
Sparks from the welds are jumping everywhere, wood shavings and grit from the stone accompany all these artists. As they are main streets where this festival is taking place, the traffic becomes a bit dense but one has at least the chance to look at each one of these stands.
It is so that in the fiestas of Cusco art is found everywhere, all kinds. Take advantage of all the events that the city of Cusco offers.
Ollantaytambo is the only Inca town that continues to be inhabited. Its streets still preserve Inca stone work combined with temples and colonial plazas. It is said that the Inca Pachacutec was the one who ordered built this beautiful city. It is known as the “Living Inca City” due to its great traditions inherited from its ancestors.
Within all these traditions we have the feast of the Lord of Choquekillka that is celebrated every year from the second week of June. This festivity was proclaimed Cultural Heritage of the Nation in 2008 and is a clear example of the syncretism between Catholic and Inca traditions and beliefs.
In this fiesta you can see beautiful folkloric dances, typical foods, and rituals. During all this activity Ollantaytambo’s streets are filled with celebrations and a long procession accompanied by more than 15 folkloric groups and dancers dressed in different costumes.
This festivity begins on Saturday with the dancers parading through the main square of the city of Ollantaytambo. Then the Lord of Choquekillka is taken from the church in the square to be processed through the streets to the temple of Santiago Apóstol. This walk is followed by dancers and folkloric groups, and is received by many believers with celebrations and fireworks. Upon reaching the chapel, the Lord is greeted by the authorities’ and then enters the chapel and starts the subsequent festivities.
Sunday is the central day of this fiesta which begins with a mass at 10 in the morning and then continues with a procession through all the streets accompanied by musicians, believers, and comparsas.
The Señor de Choquekilla is a fiesta that is not as well known as the Inti Raymi or the Virgin of Paucartambo but it has become one of the most important celebrations in the Sacred Valley due to its great religious manifestation which also represents a social model that has encouraged the life in these communities through the ties of solidarity and kinship connected with a common memory.
Cusco is a magnificent city, rich in art and culture, that astonishes the whole world. It had great archaeological remains and a great variety of ceramics and music. At the beginning of the great celebration for its jubilee day the Decentralized Directorate of Culture Cusco will present the VI Festival of the Performing Arts and it will be based in Indigenous languages.
The main objective of this festival is to promote the arts in Quechua, Aymara, and the Amazonian languages throughout the Cusco region. This ambitious project has been developed since the beginning of this year with workshops and competitions that have allowed the selection of different groups throughout the southern region for the presentation in this festival giving them economic stimuli so they can disseminate and strengthen their art in the whole region.
All these activities will be held in the Municipal Theater of Cusco, the Municipal Theater of San Jerónimo, and the Auditorium of the ICPNA from June 3rd to the 14th in which 18 artistic performances of dance and theater by regional, national, and international casts will be staged. Among these we have:
• Tale of the Mask of Pepe and El Chafchi
• Betitush and Our Extra Chicken
• Warmichas de Juglar Performing Arts
• Tuta Puriq Condemned
• Tales of Terror of the Andes from the cast Scarecrow Narrations
• Jachha Yatiña Uta from the Pukupuku cast
• Kory Warmis and Red Table of Bolivia
• Ekeka Munay from Chile
• Teatrova from Colombia
• Ondinnok Group of Canada
This festival will be an unforgettable experience for all who attend as it is a very strong international collective commitment to theatrical creation. We invite you to attend this incredible staging in order to support the development of our culture.