My Peru - A Guide to the Culture and Traditions of the Andean Communities of Peru

A Guide to the Culture and Traditions of the Andean Communities of Peru



responsible tourism

my community




traditional clothing

traditional dances

fiestas & festivals


rituals & beliefs

natural medicines

agricultural calendar


my photos

my drawings

my stories

local ngo's

Introduction to the Culture and Traditions of the Andean Communities


This Week's Photo

Preparing Chuño

In the preparation of chuño potatoes are spread out evenly on the ground and exposed to freezing temperatures during the night. During the day the potatoes thaw out. This freeze-thaw cycle is repeated over a period of 4 or 5 days until the potatoes become soft and mushy.. The potatoes are then trampled bare-foot to squeeze out the juice. Eventually the potatoes become dehydrated in the sun and they can be stored. The potatoes can then be used throughout the year, mainly in soups and stews. The Chuño was so precious to the Inca that it was used as currency and collected as tribute and a staple used by Inca soldiers.

"My Peru" is a website aimed at helping to educate visitors to Peru about the way of life in the mountain villages surrounding Cusco. Although most of the inhabitants of this area are poor in material wealth, they are very rich in culture and spirit and are a generous warm people.


We want to share with you some of the customs and traditions of these Quechua communities - the original inhabitants of the high Andes, whose ancestors made their living off the land long before the Spanish arrived over 500 years ago and who practiced their way of life even before the Incas governed the territory.


We have included information on festivals and dances, traditional clothing, textiles and handicrafts, natural medicines, education and agricultural practices, as well as plenty of photos, local stories and children's drawings.


Of course the best way to understand this way of life is to actually visit the communities and stay in the homes of these people. We have information about "homestay" programs, maps and details how to get to some of the villages and what to expect when you arrive.


Too many visitors to Cusco just take a day trip by train to Machu Picchu, take an afternoon "Cusco City Tour" and a day tour of the Sacred Valley usually only accompanied by other overseas travellers. Very few visitors ever get the chance to really experience the real life and culture of the Andes. We hope that this website will open your eyes you to some of the rich and diverse opportunities that Peru can offer, making your visit to Peru a real experience of a lifetime.



Introduction / Responsible Tourism in Peru / My Community / Maps of Peru / Andean Homestay Programme / Peruvian Handicrafts / Traditional Clothing in Peru / Traditional Dances of Peru / Fiestas and Festivals of Peru / Peruvian Education / Rituals, Beliefs and Customs in Peru / Natural Medicines in Peru / Agriculture in Peru / Peru Photo Gallery / My Photos / Drawings by Peruvian Children / Stories of Peru / Local Non-Government Organisations NGOs / Links / Site Map


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