Guerrillas and Coca in the Upper Huallaga Valley

  • José E. Gonzales


Until 1937 the Upper Huallaga Valley (UHV), spreading along the banks of the Huallaga River in the departments of Huánuco and San Martin, was accessible only by long boat journeys and jungle paths. Only in 1937 did a one-lane highway reach the upper reaches of the Huallaga River, at what as to become the settlement of Tingo María. The settlers brought their traditions with them. Among them was the chaccheo, or coca leaf chewing, which farm workers in particular found useful to reduce sensations of thirst, hunger, and fatigue.


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