Colca Local Customs

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    Traditional costume

    by toonsarah Written Oct 20, 2006

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    Chivay street scene

    This woman in Chivay is wearing the typical costume of the region. She may look quite well-built but that’s due to the fact that she’s wearing several skirts at once. This is a sign of her family’s wealth. It shows that her husband is able to buy her a skirt every year, as tradition demands. In return she will knit him an annual poncho.

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    mate de coca

    by nicoleken Updated Feb 20, 2004

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    beacause the altitude comes above the 5000m in the Colca, you have to drink mate de coca leaves.
    The picture is a prepared tea, but normally you get the leaves in boiled water, with a bit of sugar, and it helps against the altitude sickness.
    MATE COCA is a medicinal tea made from the leaves of the Coca plant (Erythroxylon). This tea has been used for over four thousand years by the people of South America. Coca was and is still considered a sacred aspect of the Andean culture.

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    Coramina Glucosa tablet

    by nicoleken Updated Feb 29, 2004

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    for altitude sickness.
    The main tourist, historical and ecological sites are found at over 3,000 metres above sea level (Cajamarca, Huaraz, Huancayo, Cuzco and Puno), therefore it is advisable to take Coramina Glucosa (Glucose) or Micoren, drugs which will help prevent altitude sickness or "soroche".

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    Vizcacha

    by elpariente Written Feb 24, 2007

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    A 4.130 m de altura se pasa por Vizcachani y aquí si tienes suerte puedes ver alguna Vizcacha.
    Para saber lo que es , lo mejor es verla en la foto , pues parece un conejo con rabo
    At 4.130 m high you pass through Vizcachani and if you are lucky you may see some vizcacha
    To know what is it , the best is to see it on the photo as it looks like a rabbit with tale

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    Apachetas

    by elpariente Written Feb 24, 2007

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    Las apachetas son montículos de piedras, a manera de altar, erigido en honor a la PACHA MAMA.
    Ante la apacheta los indios dejan sus ofrendas y piden que se aparten las desgracias (chiknis) de su camino y salud para seguir viaje.
    The "apachetas" are mounds of stones , as an altar , and they are made in the honor of the PACHA MAMA
    The Indians live their presents in front the apacheta and the prey in order that the misfortunes(chiknis) disappear of their way and to get health to follow the travel

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    Terrazas / Terraces

    by elpariente Written Feb 24, 2007

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    Para cultivar las patatas y el maiz hacían terrazas que llegan desde el valle hasta lo alto de las montañas . Impresion imaginar la época en que hicieron las terrazas y las cultivaban
    To cultivate the potatoes and corn they built terraces from the valley up to the top of the mountain. it is impressive jsut to think the days when the the terraces were built and cultivated

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    Coyaguas y Cabanas

    by elpariente Updated Feb 25, 2007

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    Los Collaguas , de origen Aymara , se consideraban guerreros e hijos del volcán Callahuanta y se caracterizaron en la antigüedad por la forma aguzada de sus cabezas, las cuales deformaban a los niños al nacer para respetar la forma del volcán del que provenían.
    Los cabanas , de origen quechua , procedían de las profundidades del nevado Hualca Hualca y deformaban también los cráneos de sus recién nacidos pero de forma aplastada para imitar la forma achatada de el volcán.
    Hoy en día tan sólo se diferencian por sus sombreros ya que las Collaguas los usan blancos de paja con una cinta bordada alrededor y flores a los costados; 2 flores para las mujeres solteras, una para las casadas y una flor negra para las viudas. Las Cabanas los usan de lana y totalmente bordados con figuras de la flora y fauna local, una estrella y el sol.
    The Colaguas of Aymara origin were cosidered as warriors , sons of the Callahuanta volcanoe and they where recognized in the old days by the elongated shape of their heads , that they got deformating the childrens heads as they were born to keep the shape of the volcanoe were they come.
    The Cabanas of quechua origin came from the depths of the snowshapped Hualca Hualca and they also did the new born head deformation to get them flat remembering the flat shape of their volcanoe
    Nowadays , they do not make any head deformation and they are distiguished by the women hats as the Collaguas use them of white straw and with an embroidered ribbon and flowers on the sides;two flowers for those not married , one for the married and one black for the widows.The Cabanas usea wool hat completly embroidered with local animals and flowers, one star and the moon

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    Llamas y llameros

    by elpariente Written Feb 24, 2007

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    A estas alturas se encuentran llamas y alpacas , algunas están marcadas para su identificación
    At this high levels you may find llamas and alpacas , some of them are marked for identification

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    Gente - People

    by elpariente Written Feb 24, 2007

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    Sus caras , sus ropas y su colorido nos llaman la atención
    Their faces , their clothes ant their colourful take our atention

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    Los amigos / The friends

    by elpariente Updated Feb 25, 2007

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    No hay que olvidar los buenos ratos que pasamos con los amigos
    We musn´t forget the good times we spent with the friends
    Toni , Antonio y Dorothy

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