The school is located in the well known San Blas area, in Cusco
- Peru. Here you will find some basic information about Peru, Cusco and the San Blas area where the school is located. For more general information on Peru and Cusco please check our practical information page.
Peru is the birthplace of many ancient empires. It also has the most variety
in fauna and flora than any other country in the world. The current population
is about 30 million people. Lima, it´s capital, has 9 million inhabitants. It
has a costa (coast), sierra (highlands) and the selva
(rainforest). According to the "Inside Guide South America" it
is the ultimate destination for culture seekers, adventurers and eco-tourists. You
can admire Machu Picchu, the monumental ancient city of the Inca´s discovered
in 1911 by Hiram Bingham near Cusco. Or the Nazca lines, which only can
be viewed from the sky. Peru is literally packed with archeological wonders
from the Inca and Pre-Inca period, as well as from the colonial period. Tourism in Peru makes up the nation's third largest industry, behind fishing and mining, with more than 1 million people visiting Machu Picchu each year.
Economically Peru is an emerging country, it had its Gross Domestic Product increased by about 6% over the last 5 years,
which is the highest number in the Americas and on of the highest in the world. Still however
a bit less than 30% of its people live under the poverty line, in Andean areas this is about 65%.
For more tourist information on Peru please check out http://www.peru.travel/.
Cusco, Cuzco, or Qosqo according to local official spelling,
is the capital of the ancient Inca Empire. The official flag of the province
of Cusco resembles the gay flag. The only difference is that it has 7 colors
instead of six. Cusco is constructed
on an altitude of 11,000 feet or 3400 meters. There are almost
450.000 persons living in Cusco. It was declared a World Heritage Site in 1983 by UNESCO. It has become a major tourist destination, hosting nearly 2 million visitors a year. You will find many remains of the Incas here. For
example Sacsayhuaman, an Inca fortress just outside the city, is a site
that you must visit. Its construction actually initiated during the Killke era 1100 after Christ, before the Incas set foot in Cusco in the 13th century. Many of the colonial buildings are built upon the indestructible
Inca foundations. In Cusco you can undertake a diversity of activities,
like visiting the Manu wildlife reserve, the sacred valley, kayaking the Urubamba river or walking the famous
Inca Trail which leads up to MachuPicchu, the lost Inka city and one of the modern 7 world wonders. Cusco is a major tourist destination and receives almost 1.5 million visitors a year. It is designated as the Historical Capital of Peru by the Constitution of Peru. The photo beneath offers you a 360°
view of the main square. You can find more information on Cusco on http://www.peru.travel/where-to-go/cusco.aspx
Everyone who visits Cusco, must take a stroll through the San Blas area. The barrio maintains its old colonial state with its narrow little stone streets and gives you a feeling like being trapped in time.
San Blas is situated a few blocks from the Plaza de Armas of Cusco. The San Blas neighborhood is known as the artisan's neighborhood of Cusco. It is former home of popular craftsmen known as the Mendivil, and other artisans families of equal prestige, among them the Olave, Merida; Aguayo, Aguilar, Alvarez, Segovia, Saloma and Gutiérrez. Most of them have still their workshops in San Blas.
The square of the old district is of great beauty and today it shows the many races and cultures that surrender to its charm. At present there are artistic markets and family accommodation offered to tourists, which allows them to share the well-known Andean hospitality and friendship, as well as their customs and meals.
San Blas burns at night, some tourists say, who enjoy the small bars with good food, live music and typical cocktails, such as Pisco sour.
The school is situated on Calle Carmen Bajo Nr. 224, just off the Plazoleta (little square) San Blas. The school can easily be found, about 7 minutes from the main square (Google maps). Look at
the photos and follow the arrows....:
This photo gives you a 360° impression of the San Blas square: