Every november, Cusco celebrate the festivity of Todos los Santos. In the Peruvian Andes, the concept of “death” is conceived as the continuation of life in “another life”. The story goes that atnoon on the first day of November the dead return from the beyond to visit their earthly relatives and enjoy with them the altar of mealsoffered. The deceased must return to their otherworldly before noonon November 2.
November 1st, people in Peru, especially in Cusco, celebrate the day of living, while november 2nd, they pay homage to their relatives who are dead. This day, people visit cementeries where they lead flowers, food, drinks and music to their deceased.
During this days, people in Cusco eat the traditional Lechon, a dish made of roast piglet baked, and tamales. Also, is very common producing Tanta Wawas, baby breads, irresistible for kids. You can enjoy food fairs in different squares and avenues of the city, where youll find desserts and pastries typical of Cusco.
Majestic Main Square of Cusco has an important history from pre-hispanic times. During Tahuantinsuyo, it was named as Wakaypata, quechuan word that means instead of the wailing. The other half of the old main square used to be named as Kusipata that means instead of rejoicing, as opposition to the first name.
In andean times, Wakaypata was the place for big religious and social ceremonies, while Kusipata was the site for revelry and party after the ceremonies.
On the other hand, Cuscos Main Square was place for important historical events as the execution of Tupac Amaru I in 1572, Tupac Amaru II and his family in 1781 and patriots Jose, Vicente y Mariano Angulo, who led the rebellion against the Spanish government.
Today, Main Square is the central core of modern Cusco. In the sorroundings you can find touristic restaurants, jewelry stores and colonial churches. Also, Cuscos Main Square is site for typical celebrations as Santuranticuy (December 24th), Inti Raymi (June 24th), Corpus Christi (May or June), etc.
Finally, Main Square is the perfect meeting spot for people of all ages, nationalities, genders, etc.
The Colonial Art Museum of Santa Catalina is one of the places in Cusco that houses beautiful artworks. You can find paintings, canvas and murals made in colonial times and by different artists. The works of art that stand out are those representing to Seor de los Temblores, Santa Rosa de Lima and Santo Domingo de Guzmn.
The paintings in Santa Calatina Museum are from spanish and indigenous artists and they were made in XVI and XVII century. The artists names that stand out are Marcos Ribera, Francisco Padilla, Diego Quispe Tito and Juan Espinoza de los Monteros.
The Museum of Colonial Art of the Convent of Santa Catalina is considered as the most complete of the city.