Markets of Cusco

Something I find absolutely wonderful about Peru is the availability of fresh food from meat to cheese to fruits and veggies. You can also find art, flowers, fruit juice stands, lunch, and hardware shop stuff in markets at a very good price. I find that most people here do not shop in one fell swoop like they do in the States. [Continue reading…]

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Cusco in Constant Construction

Since coming to Cusco in August of 2010 I have witnessed an array of maintenance and renovation projects around town. I am happy to see that there is the demand for renovation and building projects and it’s good to see a city interested in the up keep of the town. However, one thing that always comes to mind is how slow the projects are. [Continue reading…]

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A Visit to Colca Canyon

In April of this past year Colca Canyon became the subject of a huge controversy in Peruvian news. A student named Ciro Castillo Rojo went missing for 6 months before being found dead on the side of the canyon. A lot of hubbub surrounded his disappearance and death because his girlfriend was found alive 9 days after their group went missing. People blamed her for Ciro’s death and it was on the news for months. [Continue reading…]

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How to Get Around Cusco Using Local Transportation

¿Cuanto cuesta irme a _(fill in the blank)___?” This is what you should always ask before getting into any taxi especially in Peru. Now, it is widely understood that a cab fare around the centro should only cost 3 soles maximum but once you get outside the main neighborhoods, the prices goes up a sol or two. A cab ride, even to the farthest neighborhood should only cost 6 soles maximum. As a resident of Cusco for over a year and half now I feel like I have a good grasp on how to deal with taxi drivers. Here is my advice.. [Continue reading…]

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