A stone tower is first created and then heated from the inside with fire. When the stones are sufficiently hot, meats and vegetables are added with the stone structure collapsed then covered.
Pachamanca comes from the Quechua words pacha and Manka, or earth pot.
After the food is added and the structure collapsed, it will be covered by wet burlap, straw and dirt to cook.
While traditionally it is the women who take on the domestic roles in high Andean families, Verónica has expressed explicit interest in following in her father’s footsteps. She has joined her father, Louis, on some of his shorter expeditions and has the ambitious goal to be the youngest person to summit the 6,384 meter peak of Ausangate.
Apu or mountain spirit comes from the Inca belief in the sacredness of the Andes. The apu were said to watch over and protect the peoples of the valley. Before making passage to the mountains, one must pay respect to the Apu by gift. Pisco, sugar, fava bean, coca leaf, vicuña fur and other essentials are blessed and then carried up the valley to be burnt in offering. Here don Alejandro blesses the coca leaves.
With Ausangate towering above, don Alejandro saddles his horses for travel up the valley.
The intricacy of these large sequinned hats are done by hand and worn at special social gatherings. One of such events involves a yearly meeting where the town comes together to shame the unfaithful of the community for their infidelity.
You know he’s up to no good with those eyes.
Getting ready for a climb.