Jorge Jimenez Sanchez strongly hammers the piece of metal at one end while his wife Marisol Hernandez Castro holds and pushes the small anvil at the other corner. After the last blow, he has the wooden circles revolved around this axis. The truck is finally finished once I adjust the wheels even though I also have to paint the word Cusco above the windshield and that’s it, says he. During Christmas days the living room of his house becomes his workshop. Here I can watch trucks, cars, trains, and airplanes made entirely out of hardwood. Mr Jimenez and his family is just one of the dozens of craftsmen who have attended the 2009 edition of the popular handicraft fair Santurantikuy held on the Qosqo´s main square every december 24th.
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Tinkuy is a quechua verb which means to meet somebody. On the other hand, cuy is the spanish word for guinea pig. These two words were used to give birth to the First Food Fair Tincuy 2009. This was a two-day fair that gave Qosqo´s people as well as tourists and travellers the chance to gather with family and friends in order to indulge themselves with an array of flavours made not only with guinea pig but also with other regional produces such as trout and alpaca.
¨We are too much like oysters observing the sun through the water,
and thinking that thick water the thinnest of air¨.
Herman Melville´s Moby-Dick
Dozens of children fill the Kusikay Theater here in Qosqo with loud voices and laughs even though impatience parents attempt laboriously to keep them calm and quiet because the presentation is about to begin. Unexpectedly, all the theater´s lights turn off and a muffled silence predominates, only broken at times by the sighs of surprised and frightened kids. An unrestrained roaring spreads through the entire building as hundreds of puppets and flat cut-out figurines appear on the stage. The play resourcefully mingles clown, pantomime and music in order to tell three short but amazing tales.
Photos by Gustavo Vivanco León
The red runway is already set around the restaurant Divina Comedia´s courtyard. Tall white candlelights on the floor and the tables make the ambiance warmer. Opera singers, both men and women wearing red and black tuxedos, begin scattering the melodies of famous european composers such as Puccini, Verdi and Mozart. Personalities from Qosqo´s cultural and entrepreneural life trespass the old wood colonial door of the Arqueologo Hotel in the San Cristobal neighborhood just a few blocks from Qosqo´s main square. The fashion show Divina Moda by Divina Comedia is about to begin.
Just a couple of weeks ago, I went on a tour around the land of unique terraces as I describe it in the preceding post. It was on bus as well as on foot. On the way to Maras from the terraces of Moray on the bus, I was able to watch two cyclists riding slowly through the plain. They looked like tiny spots in the middle of this vast prairie. Staring at them as the bus went away, I wished to be one of those riders. Sooner than later, my wish came true.
And I was lucky enough to join a bunch of special young french. They all six came to Perú looking for adrenalin and sightseeing. With them I had the chance not only to ride on mountain bikes but also to paddle kayaks on the hightest navigable lake in the world . They also enjoyed bicycling through the Colca Canyon in the department of Arequipa and doing river rafting on the Vilcanota River in Qosqo.
The undulant countryside near the small town of Maras covers up two unique samples of terraced pits made jointly by the power of nature and the skill of the Incas. Thus, either by bus or foot or even on a bicycle, any traveler has to wait until being very close to delight in the outstanding scenery of Moray and the Salinas de Maras.
The young guy was telling his story lively and loudly, and all eyes were fixed at him. So were mine. The six or seven friends had sat beside me on the steps underneath one of the arcades that surround the Qosqo´s main plaza. I did not mean to eavesdrop, I swear, but I was all ears too.
I took just about two or three hours…
And you climbed it alone, voludo! exclaimed a pretty girl.
You were nuts, weren’t you? another cried out.
Che, didn’t you want us to go with you? asked a man naively.
Si sos un hijo de…you all had a heavy hangover, replied the young guy carelessly. They all burst into laughing with their argentinean touch.
But you know what? the view is just amazing from up there, the young man added as he was pointing out the mountain to the south.
I looked up at the hill and read the sign written on it. The mountain was calling me.
The hills that encircle the city may echo either the blast of a firecracker or the music from a band which you might not be able to see. Or one can unexpectedly run into a parade made of quite a few people or a huge crowd.
It seems there is always a reason to celebrate here in Qosqo. And this is especially true in June where a new anniversary is held. Any day or night could become time for revel with music, dance, and beer or chicha.
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The last year, friends went to Cusco, and whenever she called them they said to me: Wilbert you have q to come! you cannot be lost this! and good me I did not want it to lose and overnight I was there… Step on Cusco, you step on the sky, from that moment, my life changed…. They were all the right, it was a beautiful place, and the people who inhabited it still more.
I knew people wonderful, and among them to Car it, a Canadian with a very special angel, now my better friend, and also I had the opportunity to know a project called “Yanapay Village”…. one of reasons x which would return… One week later arrived the moment for starting off, and since I returned to Lima, in the only thing that thought it was in returning… but the great question was: Someday I will be able to return…
Cuzco is really a charming city. It has little more than 200,000 inhabitants and a special touch. Their architectonic wealth and the colorful one of their streets, their clothes and their inhabitants turns it a small jewel that does not have to be let visit. For many, it is only one city of step or lodging to visit Machu Picchu, but really it is much more. It is worth the trouble, mainly, to take a walk by the district of San Blas, where they are the stores of the craftsmen. That yes, with patience because the height makes our steps heavier than customary, and because we will find several hills in our route. He is recommendable, when arriving, to take kills of cocaine to move away altitude sickness and to take with calm the first hours is accustomed. From there, already you can cross the city, the small factories of crafts (there is one wonderful one in the Avenue of the Sun), to know the traditional dances