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Cusco Main Traveling Destination in Peru

cusco main traveling destination
cusco main traveling destination
Cusco main traveling destination

Cusco is one of the main traveling destinations in the world. These are some of the pictures I took during my last trip to Cusco before my ride to Quillabamba coffee region. Many consider Cusco main traveling destination to be a must do at least once in a lifetime. I have walked in many large cities such as New York City during my travels, but Cusco takes a special place in my list.

Beautiful stray dog in Cusco
Beautiful stray dog in Cusco

Many nice looking dogs appear to walk around Cusco. Not sure if they are stray dogs, but some appeared to have a home since they were sitting on someones front door in Cusco. Most home entrances in Cusco face the narrow stone streets. Sidewalks are also narrow, but in good condition.

Cusco main traveling destination
Stone roads in Cusco, Peru
Rocoto in a Cusco market
Rocoto in a Cusco market
Military march in Cusco, Peru
Military march in Cusco, Peru
Man wondering about life in Cusco
Man wondering about life in Cusco

In Cusco there appears to be many locals that are retired. I noticed this man that came to take a walk around on the narrow sidewalks almost every day. The colonial architecture its seen everywhere in Cusco. Most street names are engraved on a house or small colonial building usually at the corner intersection of the street.

Architecture in Cusco, Peru
Architecture and Cusco flag

My first visit to Cusco I noticed the flag and though I arrived to a gay friendly town. But, the fact was this is Cusco’s flag. The colors differ a bit from the gay flag. This flag was hanging everywhere in the city. Together with the old colonial architecture and this flag it forms an authentic moment that describes Cusco.

Church at sunset Cusco, Peru
Church at sunset Cusco, Peru

In contrast to Machu Picchu, Cusco has many churches which is a symbol of colonization. This means the Spanish were able to conquer this city. In places you don’t see a church in Cusco it mean the conquistadores were not able to reach that point. Contact me if you’re planning a visit to Cusco or Quillabamba coffee region.

Architecture building Cusco Peru
Architecture building Cusco Peru
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Kennedy cat park in Lima Peru Travel Photography

Cat park Kennedy Lima Peru

Kennedy cat park in Lima. Stray cats are found in this park right in the middle of Lima, Peru at Parque Kennedy. People from all over Lima come to relax at this park, read a book, chat with friends or just play with the friendly stray cats of the parque Kennedy.

This park is named after the American president John F. Kennedy. But, for many cat lovers this park is the best park in the world. For others, they feel there should not be as many cats wondering around right in the middle of the city.

White cat at cat park Kennedy Lima
White cat at cat park Kennedy Lima
white cat walking at cat park Kennedy Lima
White cat walking at cat park Kennedy Lima
cat sleeping at cat park Kennedy Lima
Cat sleeping at cat park Kennedy Lima

Cats in Parque Kennedy are so used to people that they don’t care to take a nap right in the middle of the park where people walk by. Some cats appeared to be dead, but they were just napping right in the middle of the park. For cat lovers this is paradise. This park is located right in the middle of downtown lima is accessible by all forms of transportation.

cat sleeping at cat park Kennedy Lima
Cat sleeping at cat park Kennedy Lima
cat sleeping at cat park Kennedy Lima
Cat sleeping at cat park Kennedy Lima
Lima cat Kennedy park
Lady at Lima cat Kennedy park

Come visit Lima whenever you’re in Peru. You will enjoy fantastic food, colonial architecture and great hospitality. I was in Lima about two years ago on my way to coffee farms in Quillabamba. Whenever you’re in Lima you must try fresh food at the city mercados. Share a table with a stranger and chat about anything from politics to sports and traveling.

Contact me if you have questions about Peruvian coffee and/or traveling to Peru.

Cat under statue park Kennedy Lima Peru
Cat under statue park Kennedy Lima Peru
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Quillabamba province coffee region in Peru moments

Manual coffee bean sorting

Quillabamba is a province of La Convencion in Cusco. This region includes several coffee farms located from 1300 to 2000 MASL. Coffee farms are located around Quillabamba where I visited on my last trip. These are divided into several districts including Echarati, Quellouno, Vilcabamba, Santa Ana, Santa Teresa, Maranura, Huayopata, Ocobamba and Incahuasi.

Pictures of Daily Life in Quillabamba province

Below are some pictures I took during my last visit to Quillabamba province. Let me know what you think. I will be posting more pictures of my trips to Latin America while coding with coffee.

Taxi tricycle Quillabamba Peru
Taxi tricycle Quillabamba Peru

Most coffee bean sorting is done manually at my friends specialty coffee processing facility Kaffee 3 Granos in Quillabamba. Here I was helping out and sorting some coffee bean on a size 14 sorting shield (saranda in Spanish).

Manual coffee bean sorting
Manual coffee bean sorting
Quillabamba home grown grapes
Quillabamba home grown grapes
Quillabamba Peruvian grapes
Quillabamba Peruvian grapes
Quillabamba Peru Mountains
Quillabamba Peru Mountains
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Quillabamba coffee region in Peru pictures

Quillabamba region in Cusco Peru

Quillabamba is a coffee region about 4 hours away by car from Cusco. This coffee region is at the ‘ceja de selva’ means at the border of the jungle. I visited some coffee farms over there together with my friend Raul from Kaffee 3 Granos. Raul showed me the entire coffee process from harvesting to producing a great cup of specialty coffee.

See some of the pictures of Quillabamba’s night life to the beautiful landscapes this coffee region has.

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How to remove coffee pulp from cherries

How to remove coffee pulp

This was a magical experience when I visited this coffee farm in Quillabamba, Cusco in Peru. Watch the videos below where we used a rustic machine made in Peru to remove the coffee pulp from these juicy cherries.

This farm is located a 1800 MASL in Quellouno town which is part of the municipally city of Quillabamba. Quillabamba is a coffee region in Cusco and its located about 4-5 hours by car away from the main Cusco city. Let me know if you have any questions and/or if you like to get coffee from these farms.

Removing coffee pulp machine
Rustic machine to remove coffee pulp in Peru
Removing coffee pulp and sorting coffee beans
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Quillabamba Coffee Town in Cusco, Peru

Quillabamba coffee town

Quillabamba coffee town is an unexpected tropical getaway full of waterfalls, delicious coffee and cacao and fresh air. Located in the high jungle (ceja de selva) of the Cusco region. Quillabamba is also known as the city of eternal Summer/Spring for its year-round tropical climate.

Many of the regions that surround Quillabamba coffe town is Santa Ana, Idma, Echarati, Maranura, Quellouno and more amazing coffee regions. These coffee regions families own beautiful coffee farms.

Quillabamba daily life
On way to coffee production site
Carefully inspecting coffee quality at Kaffee 3 Granos in Quillabamba
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Quellouno Coffee Farm Videos in Cusco Peru

quellouno coffee farm cocotu

This coffee farm in Quellouno is about 1800 MASL. It was difficult to adapt to the altitude this early in the morning. Some got altitude sickness ‘Soroche’. This is a common experience from rapid transitions from low to high altitude without taking time to acclimate. We started chewing coca leaves to help us. It works! My friend Raul from Kaffee 3 Granos couldn’t handle it even though he lives in a nearby town Quillabamba.

Removing coffee pulp from coffee cherries

The coffee farm is surrounded by other trees such as bananas, pears and many more typical fruit plants from the region. We got the chance to walk to other coffee farms located in the region. I will post more pictures about this experience very soon.

Sorting coffee beans in Quellouno, Peru

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Sorting Coffee Beans Manually at Coffee Farm Idma Peru

Sorting Coffee Beans Manually Idma Peru
Sorting Coffee Beans Manually at Idma, Peru

Specialty coffee takes hard work to produce. Sorting coffee beans manually is an intense work if you really want to the right coffee beans for later roasting. Sometimes people complaint about the price of a great coffee bag. Watch this video to learn about the production of small specialty coffee in Latin America batches.

The average coffee drinker doesn’t know where coffee comes from or how it gets produced. Watch this video to understand part of the specialty coffee production. These coffee beans have been already laid to dry on ‘African beds’ to naturally dry under the sun.

Next time you pay for a good cup of coffee either to walk around at your favorite city or to code with coffee think about long work it takes to produce it. I will show you more videos of coffee farms in Latin America.