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Surviving the Cusco winter

About Cusco Posted on Tue, July 17, 2018 21:25:43

June, July and August are the coldest months of the year in
Cusco and 2018 has been no exception.
However the challenge here is not finding ways to keep warm
outside (which is just like any cold climate and can easily be done by layering up, wearing a warm coat, beanie,
gloves, scarf etc.) but rather when being indoors!

Unfortunately the buildings in Cusco have little or no insulation and you
will find yourself shivering from head to toe, during the day, especially when you are inside, and
will have to go outside into the sun in order to get the feeling back into your extremities!

So what can you do to keep warm
whilst being inside? Here are some top suggestions:

Go Alpaca

Alpaca products are definitely recommended and are one of
the best natural sustainable fibers that you can purchase with Royal and Baby
Alpaca being the highest in quality; which are super soft, lightweight, water
resistant and most importantly WARM! For
many they are better than cashmere and wool natural fibers.

Go back to basics

For sleeping, plenty of warm blankets are a must but the
most underrated yet most essential item you could ever posses is a hot water bottle! This simple yet
magical device will soon become your BFF that you can cuddle up with at night and/or day.

Get swinging!

That’s right! If you feel yourself turning into an icicle, no matter where you are, turn the beats on and dance! Stretch those limbs, shake that
booty and get the blood moving again!

Take a shot!

Nothing beats a little shot of pisco or rum or water ever
alcohol takes your fancy in your hot tea/té macho/té piteado at night (or day), and is
the perfect remedy for melting away the winter cold and ensuring that your
sleep is deep and restful!

Invest in heating!

If you can afford it, this is a life changer! Especially if
you are one of the unfortunate ones that doesn’t have access to hot water and
can only take cold showers. Bathrooms are chilly places and your body and
sanity will thank you for having this little box of joy, whether it is an
electric or gas heater. Note for those of you who rent, to avoid any
complications with your landlord over the electricity bill, probably best to
purchase a gas heater, then you can use as much heat as you please!

So there you go, our top 5 tips for surviving the cold this
winter. If you have any other suggestions or recommendations please share them!
Good luck and stay warm!

World Cup Fever!

Articles Posted on Mon, June 11, 2018 01:41:58

The FIFA World Cup is only a few days away starting on
Thursday, 14 June 2018. The vibe in Cusco is thrilling especially as Peru
qualified after a 36-year absence, with the last time being in 1982! Football
in Peru is like a religion; it is part of their genes, and in their blood, so
it was no surprise that a national holiday was declared when the national team
qualified for Russia.

The Journey

South America has always been a tough category, comprised of
many strong and talented countries that all deserve to be in the World Cup.
Peru’s journey to qualifying was nail biting and emotional and came down to the
final round of qualifying matches, where Peru finished with 26 points and in 5th
place beating Chile on goal difference. They then went on to defeat New
Zealand, which confirmed their spot to Russia.

Peru was on cloud nine, but this sensation was soon dampened
when on the 8th December 2018, team Captain, Paolo Guerrero, tested
positive for drugs and was suspended by FIFA from all competitions for one
year, meaning that he would miss the World Cup in Russia. Guerrero appealed and
after much controversy the ban was finally lifted on 31 May 2018, making
Guerrero legible to play and participate in the World Cup!

Mark your diaries!

Peru’s first game will be on the 16 June against a very
strong side Denmark followed by mighty France on the 21 June and the Socceroo’s
(a.k.a Australia) on the 26 June. If there is one event that will unite
Peruvian’s, this is it. Despite the political and economical issues the country
has been enduring, football will unite the country for this very special
occasion. So are ready for Word Cup
fever? I definitely am and so is Peru! Vamos Peru!

Cusco Vibes Activity – Football

If you love playing football and want to practice your
language skills and at the same time make some extraordinary friends then his
is the activity for you! Join Cusco Vibes today and make your goals come true!

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Muay Thai

About Cusco Posted on Mon, May 21, 2018 01:46:00

Keeping fit in Cusco is pretty easy to do especially if you
live in areas such as San Blas or Lucrapata where you have to climb a gazillion
stairs just to get home. However, apart
from the stairs and altitude, there are plenty of other exercise options available to
burn those calories and stay healthy. One of those options is “Muay Thai”, a
growing martial art in Cusco, which I also practice three times a week.

What is Muay Thai you ask? It’s a martial art or combat
sport that originated from Thailand and uses punching, kicking, kneeing,
elbowing and clinching techniques. It is
both physically and mentally challenging and perfect for anyone who wants to
take their fitness to the next level.

Cusco has a few Muay Thai studios where you can train but the
one we recommend and of course is our partner, is Moving Zen. They have both
morning and evening classes, that are well organized and structured to cater
for all levels but most importantly they are dynamic and fun. You can train to
compete as a fighter or simply for the physical challenge. They even have a European Champion as one of their coaches, so you really get to learn and train with the BEST!

Moving Zen recently hosted the “Súper 4 /
Moving Zen Muay Thai Festival 2018
” on the 5th
May 2018, which
comprised of 11 fights (including two female fights) with competitors
representing local clubs in Cusco, Arequipa and Lima. It was an exciting day with all competitors
living up to expectations and giving everything that they had. The fights were
thrilling and showed that all the hard training endured over the past few
months had paid off! Who knows, maybe I will even get into the ring one of
these days and take on the challenge!

So what
are you waiting for?! If you join Cusco Vibes today we can organize your next
activity at Moving Zen, where you will get the best physical workout, practice
your language skills and make new friends!

Happy International Earth Day

Articles Posted on Tue, April 24, 2018 05:09:42

11 April
was International Earth Day (día internaciónal de la
pachamama) an annual event marked across the world to show support for
environmental protection and End Plastic Pollution. The first
Earth Day took place in 1970 and is now celebrated worldwide in over 192 countries, including Peru.

Cusco Vibes is extremely conscious on the heavy impact that
plastic waste has on our environment, natural water sources, and animal and
plant life. We believe that we all have our part to play in protecting and
conserving our precious ecosystems; in educating and informing ourselves on the
issues at hand; and sharing our knowledge, lessons learnt and experiences with

Cusco Vibes
on Earth Day

On International Earth day Cusco Vibes joined Piuray Outdoor
Center to help clean Piuray lake. On standup paddleboards and kayaks we navigated
our way around in the search of plastic waste. Piuray lake is pretty clean in
general, however we were still able to collect several bags of rubbish, many of which
was hidden in the high grass located on the banks of the lake, including plastic
bottles & bags, takeaway drink & food containers, chocolate wrappers and even shoes.

We have a long way to go, but little by little we can make a
difference and still have fun in the process! To get you started, below are 9 great tips for reducing the amount of plastic we use, which we can all do on a daily basis!

If you would like to read and learn more about International Earth Day and initiates that environmental organizations are working on, simply click on the
links below:



World Conservation
Union – IUCN

Ramsar Conservation


Pollution Coalition

Talk – what happens to plastic you throw away

Peruvian super foods and exotic fruits

About Cusco Posted on Mon, April 09, 2018 03:52:16

In Peru we live in a
place surrounded by nutritious super foods and exotic fruits that provide us
with the fuel, energy and vitality to get us through our busy days, so that we
can be the best versions of our selves and live extraordinary and legendary

I usually start my
day with a blended juice that is filled with all kinds of goodies that will
provide my body with the nutrients required to sustain me through my morning.
You can mix all kinds of grains, root powders, fruits and vegetables together
as well as honey, giving you a different drink each day to choose from.

Some of my
ingredients include:

Kiwichi; Macca; Spirulina; Banana; Avocado; Coconut oil; Lime; Blueberry; Aloe Vera; Mango; Chia; Lucuma; Apple; Aguaymanto; Papaya.

I love macca because it is full of calcium, phosphorus and minerals that acts as the perfect energy enhancer; aguaymanto (or golden berry) for potassium and vitamins A and C; mango for vitamins C and D; and lucuma because it is a powerful antioxidant.

The best thing about a morning juice is that it is quick and easy to make and best of all you can find the super foods at a local market, such as San Pedro Market.

To read more about
the benefits of Peruvian fruits and super foods, click on the below links:

What will your destiny be in the year of the dog?

Articles Posted on Wed, February 21, 2018 01:08:33

Last Friday,
16 February 2018, many people around the world celebrated Chinese New Year, the
year of the Dog, 狗 or gǒu. The Chinese zodiac is made up of
twelve distinct animals, with each one having specific characteristics and
compatibilities with other zodiac animals that can determine how your year will
unfold in all areas of life including love, money, health etc. The Chinese
Zodiac is similar to horoscopes but instead of the month determining your star
sign and destiny it is the year that you were born in that determines what
animal you will be. The Chinese zodiac works on a twelve-year cycle, with each
year representing a different animal as follows:

Rat: 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960,
1972, 1984, 1996, 2008

Ox: 1925,
1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009

Tiger: 1926,
1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010

Rabbit: 1927,
1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011

Dragon: 1928, 1940,
1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012

Snake: 1929,
1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013

Horse: 1930,
1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014

Goat: 1931,
1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015

Monkey: 1932, 1944,
1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016

Rooster: 1933, 1945,
1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017

Dog: 1934,
1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018

Pig: 1935,
1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019

Year of the dog

The dog is the 11th animal in the Chinese Zodiac and people who
are born during this time are often know for being loyal and honest, true
companions, intelligent and with a strong sense of right and wrong. They will
never abandon their family, friends or work.


It seems like 2018 will be a challenging one
for dogs especially those born in 1982 and 1994, with difficulties and
challenges presenting themselves throughout the year. However, as the dog is
good-natured, they will manage and take them on better than other zodiac signs
in their respective years!

To read more about the Chinese Zoadiac, the
year of the dog and other Zodiac sign, click on the links below:


About Cusco Posted on Mon, February 05, 2018 01:06:51

The perfect little hot drink for
warming you up on a chilly night; when your feeling under the weather or have a
sore throat; as a post meal digestive; or to get your night started! Here in
Cusco it is popular to drink this hot tea with a shot of the local alcohol called “pisco”.

In Cusco, you can find te
piteado/macho on the menu of most restaurants, bars and cafes. It is made with
boiling water, tea, cloves and pisco however each place will have its own variation
adding other ingredients such as herbs, lemon, honey etc. If you are feeling
creative why not try making your own!

Check out the recipe below. Enjoy!


Ingredients pisco quebranta (if you do not like pisco you can add

1/2 oz. Anise liqueur varied herbs – 3 bunches

1/4 oz. Fresh lemon juice

1/2 oz. Sugar syrup


Pour boiling water into a cup, add the herbs and allow them
to infuse for 1 minute. Then add the rest of the ingredients and stir lightly.

Water, the essence of life…well, when you have it that is!

About Cusco Posted on Sun, January 21, 2018 19:53:49

If you have visited or lived in Cusco you
will be well aware of the water situation that everyone faces on a daily
basis. Having limited access makes you
really appreciate the little things in life and I for one will never take water for granted!

Don’t be late!
Certain areas of Cusco, such as San Blas and Lucrapata, only
have running water between certain times – 6am-11am/12pm and 5pm-8/9pm. So you really have to stick to a tight schedule
in order to have time for your shower, cooking, making tea, going to the loo and in general!

Have a plan B!
Sometimes there are water cuts in Cusco and from one day to
the next you might not have water for up to a week. The best way to manage these situations is to store
a container of water, bucket or bottles, which you can use during these tricky
times or find a good friend who has water in their house!

Hot water vs pressure
Most places offer one
or the other. So what would you choose? – a steamy hot relaxing shower but with
low pressure that makes washing your hair cumbersome or fantastic
pressure but with cold chilly water?

Being caught in the
This is one of my personal favorites as it has happened to
me countless times! You are having an amazing shower, everything is going well
when suddenly nothing…the water just stops and always when you are in the
middle of washing your hair!

Despite the inconveniences and at times “F#%k this” moments
it does make for great stories, bonding moments with friends and funnily enough
you do learn to live with it. You become more humble, appreciate what you do
have, and learn that there is more to life than having perfect hair! smiley

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