EL CARMEN, CHINCHA ALTA July 21 2015 Finding communities of Afroperuanos – descendents of enslaved Africans in Peru – can be difficult. They are scattered along the coast in non-touristic agricultural areas. The Chincha valley wine region in Ica province south of Lima is one of those. The African community is called El Carmen, and […]Read more "EL CARMEN – AFROPERUANO AFTERNOON"
CUSCO TO NAZCA, PERU July 20 2015 Clang, squeal. The bus breaks down before sunrise. Hours of delay….morning, where are we? On the carretera, up from Nazca, with barren brown mountains, sand, and cold air. I looked at this bus before getting on and had this thought of it breaking down. But the price was […]Read more "Nazca and the bus ride from Cusco"
PISAQ, CUSCO, PERU JULY 2015 While in Cusco I heard about a local, seasonal fiesta happening during the 15-20 of July. It’s held in honor of the Virgen del Carmen, who represents the mestizo of Peru, and is celebrated mainly in two or three towns outside of Cusco. For the town of Paucartambo, it is […]Read more "Virgen del Carmen – Pisaq – Cusco"