Category Archives: Perú

2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 13,000 times in 2011. If it were a … Continue reading

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Top 10 Peruvian Dishes

These are the best Peruvian dishes chosen by the very Peruvians in a poll.  As a matter of fact, the poll asked us to pick up only seven meals which I guess it comes from “the seven wonders of the … Continue reading

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Llamas, Alpacas and Vicuñas

Immense herds of these “large cattle” (llamas and guanacos) as they were called, and of the “smaller cattle” or alpacas (and vicuñas), were held by the government (in Inca times) and placed under the direction of shepherds, who conducted them … Continue reading

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Peruvian Food (I)

I was about to entitled this post as “Peru´s coastal food”, but then I realized that some of the dishes can also be found in the highlands (at least, in Cusco) such as aji de gallina, tamales and even ceviche. … Continue reading

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Quechua Day

It is three months now that I am learning Quechua, and just a few weeks ago I was told that the national day of this language is celebrated today, may 27th. Quechua is Peru’s second official language. In addition, it … Continue reading

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My First Attempt to Speak Quechua

First of all, I admit that I am glad of being a spanish-speaking person because I did not have to memorize the dozen patterns of verb tenses. On the contrary, it is still a real challenge for me to remember … Continue reading

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Some Greetings in Quechua

As my Quechua lessons go on at the Qheswa Simi Hamut`ana Kuraq Suntur (the official school), I have learned a few greetings. Napaykuy means greeting in Quechua and, as I told you before, if you add the suffix -kuna at … Continue reading

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