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Views 23 Abr TRANSPORTATION IN PERU
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Transportation system in Peru is a great mystery. How do they find their way in this chaos is still a great unknown.
In Lima there are different means of transport, and so we have: buses, combis, colectivos (private cars that transport individuals), taxis, motor-taxis (half motor-bikes half rickshaws). But the prevailing means of transport in most of the cities is a bus. This concerns also Cusco, where I live. Combis and taxis have conquered streets of this city.
Transportation in Peru
Combi is a very interesting phenomenon. It is a van, which according to residents has enough space for about 24 people with approximately 14 (small!) seats! Just squeeze and problem is solved! Well, at least you get to know each other more Combis are owned by private companies and there are plenty of them. In a combi there is usually one person on board (except for a driver) who manages the car and shouts out loud the route (he or she usually calls the names of the streets with an enormous speed, so you better listen carefully!). When 5 combis come at once and stop at the same “paradero” (bus stop) you get a nice havoc. But everyone knows its way, so there is no problem. The only confused ones are tourists, who gaze with amazement. There are no timetables at the stops, but this was smartly solved. You can always ask the person managing the combi if it passes through a place you want to go to… provided you know some basic Spanish.

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Views 09 Abr Participate in the traditional pelgrimage of “Qoylluriti”
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Unique opportunity to learn about the Inca people in amazing scenery in the Ausangate region (Cusco)

DOS MANOS PERU offers this unique three day trip for all people really interested in Peruvian culture. “Quylloriti” is a quechua word and means “Snowstar” or “Shining Snow.” This is an old religious procession, a pilgrimage, only practiced by the inhabitants of the big Andes. The ritual, associated with the fertility of the land and the worship of Apus (the spirits of the mountains), forms part of the greatest festival of native Indian nations in the hemisphere.

Participate in the traditional pelgrimage of Qoylluriti

Every year all the small village or clans of this zone send a delegation with colorful dancers and “pauluchas” to the Capilla del Senor Qoylloriti, situated at the foot of the mountain Sinakara, at 4600 meters above sea level, at approx. 300 kilometers from the city of Cusco. Qoylluriti is an important manifestation of religiosity in the Andes where you can observe the he blending of Spanish and Indigenous elements  (the Apus or “mountain-gods” and the crosses).

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Views 06 Abr The Sacred Valley of the Incas
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After our first “lazy” day in Cusco, having drunk lots of “mate de coca” (coca tea) in order to prevent the “soroche” or altitude illness from hitting us, we were ready for our first excursion in the Cusco region: the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We had bought some notebooks and pens at a local store in Cusco so that we could hand them out to the kids that we would meet along the way. In fact, at our first stop along the road somewhere outside Cusco, children dressed up in traditional clothing were already waiting for us.

The kids try to draw the tourist’s attention with their colourful costumes in order to earn some soles in exchange for having a picture taken with them, while their parents sell handicrafts or clothing. You will come across many small markets along the route of the Sacred Valley, some only consisting of a few plaids on the side of the road with all kinds of craft products; others more “ structured” in the hope to attract big groups of tourists.

The Sacred Valley of the Incas
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