The Andean lifestyle is very diverse throughout the qhapaq ñan, today, there are still peoples that preserve certain traditions such as the Aymara group 

About the lifestyle

In every valley of the foothills, there are villages. And, even though is unknown the way these villages were exactly organized, could be possible that they were related to each other. Based on the census since 1776, it is noticeable that there are last names (or family names) that ‘predominate’ in each of these communities. What makes us think that their social organization could have been just inside the valley, and not from one valley to another, during the pre-Hispanic era.   

The ‘family’ concept, for these Andean cultures, was different from the concept we have nowadays. With the arrival of the Spaniards to South America, the concept of ‘Holy Family’ was adopted. To determine how families were conformed before that is complicated, so relations between the villages are not clear. Even though the Qhapaq Ñan linked them, it is not correct to say if they were politically related. 


Cultural identity has suffered even in rural localities where traditional authorities have practically disappeared, except for those associated with specific rituals. 

Of the list of traditional roles of representation, authority or social responsibilities in the Aymara culture, only some of them persist, these are: 

Mayor of water: the existence of him is also very scarce, and he is the one who has authority for the distribution of water in a community. 

Alferez, intern or captain: This is the name given to the couples who assume the responsibility of being the hosts of the festivities in their town. 

Mayordomo: This is the name given to the adults who are in charge of the care and maintenance of the town’s Church. 

Tutors: This is an important role within Aymara (Sarta) marriages, it is the equivalent of a marriage godfather. 



Aymara houses were made of stone and mud, while their roofs were made of straw. 

Traditional Rituals

Fusce ornare vitae purus dictum volutpat. Sed auctor tortor eleifend quam porttitor imperdiet mi blandit.

Ancient Legends

The Qhapaq Ñan is so dense with it tend to ancient legend and culture so here some of the legend you will find some interesting story