Published: Wed, November 08, 2017
World | By Tasha Manning

Laguna San Nicolás - Namora - Cajamarca - Peru

Laguna San Nicolás - Namora - Cajamarca - Peru

Men are generally engaged in farm work, fishing, and masonry activities; The women collect firewood, which is called chamiza, from the shrubs of the area, to cook the food; Are also engaged in the manufacture of baskets and fans of totora or matara (Juncus andicola) , which they sell on Sundays in the village market of Namora.

Carnival is a party Traditional that is celebrated in the months of February or March, depending on the movable date of Ash Wednesday; Groups of people accompanied by guitars and violins, wrapped in colorful streamers, painted with talcum, go from house to house, singing verses alluding to this festivity. Namora is known as the land of guitars and the capital of Cajamarca carnival, which is why this festivity has a special celebration. The following is a traditional copla song that is sung at this time:

Molllorco is crying


The celebration of "All Saints", on November 1, has a peculiar relevance; They make offerings to the deceased, placing on a table the food they liked in life, because there is a belief that at this time of year they visit the house where they lived; Bread can not be lacking in these foods, which are baked in the furnaces of the houses, these are elaborated giving them forms of children and animals, decorating them with mass of colors; This type of bread is known by the name of buns and the sugary breads with the name of muffins .

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On June 29, Day of the fisherman San Pedro and San Pablo, a festival that brings together the community and visitors, various activities are carried out, where the fishing competition and typical dishes stand out.

Luis Iberico Mas, a well-known Cajamarca writer, mentioned that caves, hills, puquios, ravines, ovens, fig plants (Ficus carica) and lagoons are peculiar places that serve as an The beings of another world, reason why they become enchanted places. The Legends of the Laguna San Nicolás or laguna brava as it is known by some of its inhabitants is an exciting attraction; Phrases such as "the lagoon is enchanted" you will hear when you talk with the kind and hospitable people of this place. They say that many years ago, at 6 o'clock in the afternoon, a man was moving along the white road on the slopes of Cerro Coyor, with his yoke of oxen, and his mules carrying the Wheat harvest; Suddenly, for no reason, a direct path opened to the lagoon which led man and his animals to get lost within it.

In the puquio called the otorongo, At 6 o'clock in the afternoon, a lady was passing to the district of Jesus, which at that time was called "the people"; And found a child crying, she took it to keep it safe, the lady walked and felt that the child weighed more and more and turning to see it, could observe a demonic spectrum. The locals say that the lady did not see her anymore and that it is better not to walk near the lagoon in bad times.

They say that the lagoon was baptized many years ago by Spanish friars in their attempt to appease their anger, but they were devoured by her. After a while they returned to make the attempt to baptize, but this time they made an offering, which consisted of four sacks of salt that were emptied from a nearby hill, having a positive effect on the lagoon, because since then there are no missing.

It is necessary to take care of the environment of Laguna San Nicolás, for this reason, if we visit it, we must respect its inhabitants, wildlife, archaeological remains, do not soil water wells that are on the shore and above all , Do not leave rubbish. Following these recommendations we are sure that you will enjoy a profitable stay in one of the most beautiful places of Cajamarca.

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