Celebration is vital to the culture of the Andes and a key part of the Peruvian music tradition. Some celebrations are from the time of the Incas and some traditions were brought by the Spanish, while most are a fusion of the two cultures. Almost all of them are accompanied by music and some by dance. This Peru music and dance tour is a great way to learn a little bit about some of the most typical Andean dances and offers you the chance to enjoy a folkloric show while savouring some of Peru’s renowned cuisine.
This is a fabulous Cusco music tour for those who love to delve into dance, costumes, or are especially interested in music.
We start the Curiosities of Cusco Tour by picking you up at your hotel and heading to the San Blas neighbourhood. Here you will be able to visit a small workshop where they make the baroque-style wooden frames that were traditionally used to frame the paintings in the churches throughout the city and are now representative of the Cusquenian art style. Close by you will visit a musical instrument shop where you will be able to learn about the instruments used for folkloric music which is still heard regularly in Cusco city.
Next stop on this unique Cusco Tour, we will head to the other side of the main square to the area near the San Francisco Square. Here we will visit a candle shop, but not of the variety where delicious-smelling decorative candles are sold. These shops carry candles for worship. Although almost always fused with traditional beliefs, the Catholic religion is prevalent in urban areas throughout the country and the lighting of candles is important part of religious devotion. Here you will see the variety on offer and learn about their purpose. In the same vein, we will visit embroidery shops where banners and pennants are made that are also used in homage of the many saints and incarnations of Christ. The style is unique to the area and these artifacts can be seen everywhere, from the front windshields of buses and hanging from rear-view mirrors in taxis to the altars and religious statues located throughout the city.
Our last stop on the Curiosities of Cusco tour will be the San Pedro Market and the adjacent “witches” market. San Pedro was Cusco city’s first organized market and is still one of the most important. Here you can find produce, cheese, bread, meat and a few other items that might not be so common in markets back home. Next door is where traditional healers go to purchase what is used during their offering and other ceremonies. There are pre-packaged “kits” or you can get your own made with everything from coca seeds, candy and rice to dried garlic, hot peppers and yes, llama fetuses. We will take a look into one of the shops and maybe buy some coca leaves for your stay here in Cusco before returning either to the main square or to your hotel depending on your preference.
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