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Mercado San Samilo in Arequipa#

Mercado San Samilo in Arequipa
Mercado San Samilo in Arequipa
© Bernd Mader, 2014

The coca plant plays a significant role in the traditional culture. When its leaves are chewed, coca acts as a mild stimulant and suppresses hunger, thirst, pain and fatigue and is supposed to ease sickness due to high altitudes.