Category: Peru

Considering the Incan Trinity: Condor, Puma, Snake

A condor over an oven in Pisac, Peru Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

The Brawny Sherpa and I are not long in Peru when we notice recurring images of condors, pumas, and snakes. These are the figures in the Incan trinity, our guide informs us. The imagery is on contemporary art and found…

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A Lesson in Colonialism at Cusco Cathedral

So many travelers make haste for Machu Picchu in Peru, they might overlook important sites in Cusco.

Of Gold, Guinea Pigs, Last Suppers, and a Somewhat Swarthy Jesus So many visitors are in Cusco, Peru either on their way to or from the nearby main attraction, Machu Picchu. My own stay in Cusco is little more than…

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Convenience in Cusco

El Arcangel restaurant at the San Agustin International in Cusco, Peru Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Our stay in room 114 at the San Agustin International is short and functional. In Peru to see Machu Picchu, we stay in Cusco a couple of nights after our great adventure on the mountain. After a couple of pisco…

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Seeing the Sign: How Safe Is an Earthquake Safety Zone?

Do you feel more or less safe in a safety zone? Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Not until I see a sign in Cusco, Peru alerting me to my presence in an earthquake safety zone—in the dining room of a small restaurant in my hotel—do I really think of temblors. Living in an earthquake-free zone, for…

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A Romantic Dinner in Cusco

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By the last evening of our whirlwind adventure in Peru, the Brawny Sherpa and I are running short on time and energy—despite our new affection for coca tea and our hopes of entering a time warp to extend our brief…

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A Spiritual Altitude Adjustment at Machu Picchu

Looking out at the world from Machu Picchu, Peru Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

I am so concerned with the physical challenge of Machu Picchu—how much will the altitude affect me? will my head hurt? will I be able to breathe?—that I don’t spend as much time as I should contemplating the spirituality of…

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Taxis around the World: Peru

Vehicle for hire, Pisac, Peru. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

There are so many ways to see a city, on foot, on bicycle, via taxi ride. Some interesting vehicles for hire are pictured in an occasional Taxis around the World series. Here, a three-wheeled vehicle in Pisac, Peru. — Lori…

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Peruvian Effigy

Figures suspended from a tree in Cusco, Peru Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

A little disconcerting to this North American visitor are the colorful effigies hanging from trees and lampposts in southern Peru. The Brawny Sherpa and I are in Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and Machu Picchu at the end of February, when…

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Working Kids

Two young grave cleaners in Cusco, Peru Photo credit: M. Ciavardini
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The Worst Sorts of Falls

Contemplating Colonialism, Missionaries, Politics, Priests Fresh from a trip to Peru, I watch The Mission, a 1986 film about missionaries in South America and their efforts to convert indigenous people to Christianity. Starring Jeremy Irons as a nonviolent priest and…

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