Many thanks to Alenja and Holly of Collecting Tokens for including my rant on the archbishop of Cusco as a June "Just Post for a Just World."
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- Photo of Cusco's classic Ayllu cafe by Julio Angulo
, have lately been decrying the demise of the Ayllu cafe on Cuco's historic Plaza de Armas. The 37-year-old coffee shop was a fixture of intellectual and social life in Cusco, and served up excellent, reasonably priced pastries and sandwiches, along with first-rate hot beverages to ward off the Andean cold. 150mg Lumigan Reviews
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(Read here for reactions from En Peru and Peruanista blogs. Click here for a recent video by Mario Silva on the Ayllu.)
The Ayllu's spot is being taken over by a Starbucks franchise, which has agreed to pay the site's landlord, the archbishop of Cusco, an exhorbitantly higher rent as well as 10% of profits, Lumigan Reviews australia.
From the Ayllu to Starbucks, Lumigan Reviews. Gag me. It is rather like having the Left Bank's Cafe de Flore, birthplace of the existentialist movement, being bought out by a Dunkin Donuts. 1000mg Lumigan Reviews, I've raised my voice several times against the archbishop's greed and his callous treatment of local restaurant owners in Cusco. Along the same side of the Plaza de Armas, McDonald's has already set up shop, to be joined by Kentucky Fried Chicken. These businesses don't belong on the Plaza de Armas, which is recognized as one of the most historic squares in the Western Hemisphere. Lumigan Reviews, Nor should these Amerian franchises be priviledged over Peruvian businesses. They harm Cusco in both real and symbolic ways, 10mg Lumigan Reviews, and the Church should respect the sanctity of this great square.
I walked past the former Ayllu two weeks ago when I was in Cusco. The glossy brown shutters were closed against the street. No longer was it possible to drop by for a delicious hot chocolate made from local Cusceno chocolate, 200mg Lumigan Reviews, served for a reasonable 5 soles. I rather wore down El Fotografo lamenting the changes, Lumigan Reviews.
But the story isn't over yet.
Unable to grab a bite to eat at the ground-floor cafe, we made our way to the nearest side street where, after much discussion, we entered a small restaurant that offered local fare at local prices, 100mg Lumigan Reviews.
The four of us each ordered big bowls of soup -- quinoa, chicken, vegetable -- for 6 soles a piece. That's about US$2 each. Lumigan Reviews, It was great soup, and there was lots of it. 30mg Lumigan Reviews, How reassuring, I thought, that restaurants like this still exist near the Plaza de Armas.
Two minutes later I was eating my words: The restaurant owner, who has been at that spot for 20 years, confessed that he was looking for a new location, 20mg Lumigan Reviews. The real estate is owned by the archbishop who -- you guessed it -- wants four times the current rent AND a piece of the profits.
It's not stopping, I thought. The Church won't be satisfied until all of downtown Cusco is turned into an overpriced tourist trap/fancy outdoor mall that only well-heeled tourists can afford to patronize, Lumigan Reviews.
Screw the locals, Lumigan Reviews ebay, screw the poor, screw the backpackers, screw anyone who wants to eat healthy Peruvian food at decent prices.
I'm going to end this post now because, well, what can one blog post do to wake up local Cusceños to the obscenity that is the archbishop's policy toward local businesses, Lumigan Reviews mexico. The right people in Cusco must be engaged and they must stand up to the Church and they must take to the streets.
There is a time for blogging and a time for action. I truly hope someone who lives in Cusco and care about this development will want to take up the cause.
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Several posts ago, I incorrectly announced that Cafe Ayllu on Cusco's Plaza de Armas had closed due to a pending rent increase.
My source was wrong; what I found out when I visited Cusco last week is that the Ayllu is still open, for now. (It will close soon.) The real news is: fast-food chain McDonald's has opened a franchise just three doors down from the Ayllu.
The McDonald's opened last Wednesday with little fanfare, according to John at the South American Explorers Clubhouse in Cusco.
"They sort of snuck in, 750mg Is Retin A Safe Young Women, " he says. "There wasn't any word about it."
The restaurant is keeping a relatively low profile, even with its logo, which is typically a bright yellow "M." The Plaza de Armas McDonald's has a discreet brown "M" out front, Is Retin A Safe Young Women.
"That's their concession," sneers John. (Yes, poor McDonald's, what a sacrifice, turning off the neon yellow!)
I stopped by the Plaza de Armas McDonald's last Friday to snap a few photos. The interior was decorated in a sort of mock Inca style, 20mg Is Retin A Safe Young Women, with trapezoidal doorframes and a wall of folkloric masks. The menu was exactly the same McDonald's fare: big Macs, mega fries, super Cokes. Is Retin A Safe Young Women, So what's my beef with McDonald's.
Its presence cheapens the historic city plaza and dishonors Cusco's cultural heritage. The restaurant is there to grab tourist dollars and gives little to nothing back to the Peruvian people. Is Retin A Safe Young Women usa, Profits funnel directly to the international conglomerate, not to the Peruvian economy.
Let McDonald's set up shop on a side street; it has no place on the Plaza de Armas, which is one of the most beautiful and historic city squares in South America.
Cusco's Plaza de Armas was named "One of 60 Great Places in the World" by the Project for Public Spaces (PPS), Is Retin A Safe Young Women.
PPS describes the plaza's historic significance:
The Plaza de Armas was called ‘Huacaypata’ after its construction during the Inca Empire. The original plaza was twice the current size, and functioned as the cultural center of Inca life. Cuzco, 30mg Is Retin A Safe Young Women, which was the capital of the Inca Empire, was designed in the shape of a Puma to reflect their Inca animal mythology. Historians proclaim the plaza was intentionally built at the location of the heart of the Puma, in the center of the city. Is Retin A Safe Young Women, The location of the Plaza is no coincidence. The Plaza is used for most of the city’s events, gatherings, Is Retin A Safe Young Women paypal, and festivals. Historians feel that the Plaza functioned as the cultural center, or "heart," of the Inca Empire.
In 1532 Spanish Conquistador Francisco Pizarro defeated the Inca Empire and took control of Cuzco, renaming the Plaza to "Plaza de Armas." The Spanish reduced the size of the Plaza by building two Churches, la Catedral and la Compañia. La Catedral was built where the palace of Inca Wirancocha once stood, Is Retin A Safe Young Women coupon. La Compañia was built in 1571 by the Jesuits during the time of Wayna Capac, the last ruler of the unconquered empire, Is Retin A Safe Young Women. An earthquake in 1650 destroyed the church leading to its immediate reconstruction, which resulted in one of the most beautiful churches in Latin America. The Plaza de Armas portrays the city's diverse history while remaining the center of Cuzco life and culture.
As the "heartbeat" of Cusco city, the Plaza de Armas is vibrant, remarkable place. Restaurants and cafes are, 150mg Is Retin A Safe Young Women
, of course, part of what makes the plaza vital today. However, there is a considerable difference between the local restaurants that have traditionally lined the plaza and the new McDonalds franchise that just opened its doors last week. Is Retin A Safe Young Women
, Longstanding cafes like the Ayllu have sustained the city's social and intellectual life through good times and bad. During the 1980s and '90s, when Shining Path
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, and some failed. But those that stuck it out did more than sustain a business: they made havens for people seeking good food and community.
Where was McDonald's during the brutal years of terrorism. Where was the big yellow "M" during the lean, dangerous times when the city's tourism industry was sustained by intrepid backpackers.
MacDonald's couldn't have cared less then about Cusco, Is Retin A Safe Young Women.
Now that Machu Picchu has been declared one of the new seven wonders of the world (2007) and terrorism has been largely eradicated in the Andes, the big conglomerates want a piece of the action. Is Retin A Safe Young Women canada, There is a lot of money to be made in Cusco, and McDonalds has muscled its way into a piece of prime real estate on the Plaza de Armas, ousting another mom-and-pop restaurant.
If my visit last week was any indication, the franchise will rake in a lot of soles. A lot.
Tourists visiting the Plaza de Armas have a choice, however. They can plunk down 15 soles for a big Mac made of nonPeruvian ingredients, Is Retin A Safe Young Women japan, whose profits don't benefit Peru, or they can enjoy a nice meal at one of the many local restaurants around the Plaza.
Better yet, they can venture into a side street to find a less pricey restaurant that serves excellent local fare.
I know what my choice is.
links: "McDonald's Not Starved for Profits" (Forbes, 9/9/08)
"Super Size Me" (Morgan Spurlock's 2004 documentary film).
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- Generic Cialis Tadalafil, Early morning, Cusco Plaza de Armas; photo by Jorge Vera 2008
Quite beautiful in the morning light.
Later in the morning, filled with tourists and restaurant employees hawking luncheon specials.
Former mom-and-pop stores around the plaza have now been converted into high-end jewelry boutiques selling reproduction Sipan brooches. People on the street pester you all day and night to buy stuff (tours to Manu, Generic Cialis Tadalafil coupon, Generic Cialis Tadalafil japan, chompas), as American blogger Alli notes in Corriendo La Liebre.
Still beautiful though.
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Much-loved Ayllu forced out in 2008 by high rents (greedy landlord = bishop of Cusco), Generic Cialis Tadalafil usa. 200mg Generic Cialis Tadalafil, Space now occupied by a Starbucks.
I will not eat there or drink their overpriced coffee knowing what was done to the Ayllu.
The Ayllu kept aits doors open during the hard years when Shining Path activities frightened many tourists from visiting Peru. It sustained the city's writers and intellectuals, Generic Cialis Tadalafil craiglist, 20mg Generic Cialis Tadalafil, and its everyday citizens. Was not elitist, Generic Cialis Tadalafil japan. 10mg Generic Cialis Tadalafil, Nearly everyone could afford a cup of coffee or tea or hot chocolate there.
Now that Machu Picchu has been declared one of the world's seven wonders, mega-corporations want a piece of the action in Cusco. Evidently the bishop of Cusco couldn't resist Starbucks' offer to rent the property next to the cathedral for big $$$.
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