The art of Cusco is a result of rich ancestral traditions that come from the Inca and pre-Inca culture and its fusion with the Spanish conquerors, all these factors make it a cosmopolitan city. Cusco is dynamic and modernized taking into account current trends and leaving traces of its Quechua roots in all its manifestations, which makes it unique and authentic.
The Cusco city and its rural areas, are rich in all their cultural expressions, manifested in music, dance, and religious festivals, in their tribute to the Pachamama (mother earth); as well as painting, sculpture, carving, architecture, textiles and their ceramics. Cusco has contributed extraordinary art masters to the Peruvian and Cusco culture that maintains a permanent flow of creation and renewal. These great variety of expressions, from more ancient to modern ones can be appreciated in its museums, being the largest museum in Cusco, its own streets and villages, where tourists without paying tickets can be a co-participants of these traditions.
Finally, it should be noted its typical food, with unique and special elements of the area, such as the incomparable variety of maize and potatoes and today with the contribution of the Nova-Andina cuisine, which is a fusion of the traditional and the international gourmet
Crafts in Cusco
Peru and Cusco have one of the largest varieties of art and crafts on earth. Its diversity, color, creativity and multiple functions of folk art of Peru has turned craftsmanship into a fundamental activity not only for the cultural identity, also as a way of life for thousands of families and even entire communities.
Cusco and the villages located on the corridor of Sacred Valley of the Incas and nearby cities, have a considerable handicraft production, in large part it is a skill inherited from their ancestors, the Incas and some local cultures.
They emphasize the elaboration of weaves, especially those of alpaca wool made by hand, also imagery, ceramics, sculptures and miniatures. In Cusco city, we recommend to visit the neighborhood of San Blas, where live many artists and artisans some of them recognized worldwide, such as Mendívil, Olave and Mérida have achieved international fame for the quality of their work.
A good opportunity to buy beautiful handicrafts and have a very close contact with the native artisans, is in the Sunday fairs where diverse producers are grouped with a variety of styles, those the Pisac and Chinchero fairs stand out specially. Crafts in silver and gold jewelry also have a great local artistic expression.