The maximum expression of folklore from the people of Cusco is given in the
Cusco is a universe of dances,
inheritance from the Inca times and that
they also conserved from all the towns and nations that conquered. Many of their
dances also have the inheritance of Spain, with great influence of the Christian
Today's religious feasts, give origin to the big dances where fine dresses,
beautifully decorated and embroidered, with multicolored suits are worn,
accompanied by their music and song.
Among the main dances we can mention the Kachampa of Inca origin, the
"Sijlla" (or dance of the doctors) of Spanish influence, the dance of
the "Chunchos", the "Pusamorenos", the "Llameros",
and the "Camiles", among many others.
The celebrations of the Holy Week,
Carnivals, Corpus Christi, and the feast of "Señor de los
Temblores" (Lord of the Tremors), have special significance for the town of
Cusco, becoming a great folkloric expression of their people.
Cusco, the towns of "Valle Sagrado de los Incas" (Sacred
Valley of the Incas) and the towns
around, have a considerable range of handmade production, much of it is an
inheritance of their Incas ancestors.
Outstanding the elaboration of fabrics, especially those of alpaca wool made
by hand, imagery, ceramic, sculptures and miniatures. In the city of Cusco, it
is recommended to visit San Blas's
neighborhood, in which numerous artists and artisans live. In San Blas the
artisans like the Mendívil, Olave and Merida families have reached the
international fame for the quality of their works.
A good opportunity to buy beautiful crafts and to take contact with the
native artisans is on Sunday where fairs are organized. Outstanding the ones
celebrated in Pisac and Chinchero.
Crafts in silver and gold jewels also have a great local artistic