Tarabuco is located about 64 kilometers from the city of Sucre in the Yamparáez province, in the department of Chuquisaca, and is one of the most important attractive indigenous centers in Bolivia because of its native dances, music, manner of dress, and traditions which have been preserved to this day. In the carnival of Tarabuco, the pre-Hispanic festivity of Jatun Pocoy (Grand Maturity in English) and of Pauker Waray (Sacrifice to the Sun) can be observed which commemorates the victory of the Yamparáez people over the Spaniards in the battle of March 12, 1816 that lead to independence from Spain. The result of this victory and the now celebrated carnival which is celebrated every second Sunday of March is the folkloric dance called Pujllay which represents the spreading of flowers in the field, signifying diverse ceremonies of fertility; the dance is characterized by its music and native dress which correspond to the Yamparáez province. Families travel from their rural communities to Yampara every Sunday to visit the Tarabuco Plaza in order to bring their products to the market. On Sundays there is an exchange of food, agricultural products, clothing, animals, and etcetera. The beginning of the market is very early in the morning; in the afternoon, the intensity begins to decrease – and, at 3 o’clock many people begin to return to their communities.
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Sucre – Puka Puka – Tarabuco – Return to Sucre
08:30 AM – After breakfast, we will take transportation via an asphalted highway to Tarabuco where different traditions and customs are preserved – like the Trueque (interchange of products and services). We will be able to observe the different colors of the community’s dress, partake in the experience of its music and native dances, and also see a grand variety of Tarabuco’s textiles. After visiting the market, we will head to the Jatun Yampara community (which has one of the most antique cultures in South America) to have the opportunity to appreciate the typical houses, types of dress, and customs of the natives dedicated to Andean agriculture and to the elaboration of the textiles, ceramics, and artisan pieces of the Yamparan culture. If you would like, you may acquire textiles and artisan pieces directly from the artisan makers; after our visit, we will travel to Sucre.
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