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Tarabuco market

tarabuca market

Located 65km southeast of Sucre, the small indigenous village of Tarabuca is famous for the festival of Phujllay (meaning ‘to play’ in Quechua).  The village is also well-known for its beautiful weavings and colorful, sprawling Sunday market.  The people of Tarabuco are easily identified by their traditional dress; woven red, maroon or black ponchos and decorative hats. 

Chewing coca leaves is common practice throughout much of Bolivia.  Apparently, chewing the leaves helps to eliminate hunger, eases the effects of the cold and provides energy.  The leaves are sold very inexpensively just about everywhere.  Pictured above are two local men in the traditional dress of Tarabuco shopping for coca leaves in the market.