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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Bullfighting with a twist, Cotabambas - Peru


Hi everyone,

As I've said many times to my friends and family, the ability to travel is a privilege. It allows you to connect with fellow travelers as well as make new "local" friends; gives you a chance to visit popular sights and if you're lucky enough to go off the beaten path to discover things that most will never see or experience.

Roughly four months before my trip to Cusco, Peru, I heard about an event that took place on Peru's Independence Day (July 28) that sounded pretty unbelievable: bullfighting with a condor strapped to the back of the bull. What?

Yes, you read that right: a bull with a condor strapped to the back of it, challenged by a bullfighter (i.e. a torero). That made no sense to me at first, but given the fact that my in-laws are Peruvian, getting more information and context was pretty easy.

The main event, steeped in tradition and history, takes place on Peru's Independence Day in a remote village called Cotabambas in the Apurímac region. The condor, caught several days prior to the event in the nearby mountains, represents the Incas while the bull represents the conquering/invading Spaniards. The event itself is a metaphor, depicting the fight held many centuries ago between the Incas and the invading Spaniards.

During the event, the revered condor is the bull's tormentor as it pecks away at its back and uses its claws for balance while it attempts to also free itself. The pain infuriates the bull who continually bucks and in the process, faces off against many toreros who spontaneously enter the ring (the spontaneous toreros are audience members who jump in to take part in the event). The overall symbolism is pretty clear but it is important to note that neither the condor nor the bull are killed during the event. Like every other bull that participates in the day's festivities (the main event is bracketed by "normal" bullfighting), this bull inevitably tires and is freed of the condor before being escorted out of the arena. The condor is set free a little later-on amidst music, dancing and some drinking since a healthy condor is a good omen for the villagers.

Given the back-story and what could be a pretty incredible photography opportunity, we organized the trip with the help from of some Peruvian friends who had all the right local contacts.

Below are a handful of pictures from the photo essay. Feel free to stop by my site to take a look at the rest of the story and many more pictures.

http://cuibono.ca/events/bullfighting/

Have a great day everyone

Rob

http://cuibono.ca/images/events/bullfighting/Peru_2012-07-29_15-57_04.jpg

http://cuibono.ca/images/events/bullfighting/Peru_2012-07-29_15-02_22.jpg

http://cuibono.ca/images/events/bullfighting/Peru_2012-07-29_15-34.jpg

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Aug 14, 2012 at 02:19 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Bullfighting with a twist, Cotabambas - Peru


Great story, great pics... Excellent PJ....

Thanks for the post... I learned something today

Rags



Aug 14, 2012 at 03:22 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Bullfighting with a twist, Cotabambas - Peru


Great story and the images will back you up. Glad you sent them to us.


Tom



Aug 14, 2012 at 03:46 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Bullfighting with a twist, Cotabambas - Peru


Thanks Rags, thx Tom. Much appreciated. Really happy you stopped by and had a look at the full story.

Cheers

Rob



Aug 15, 2012 at 04:16 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Bullfighting with a twist, Cotabambas - Peru


Great story! I have to admit, a Condor bull riding would have left a lot of doubt had I heard the story w/out pics.
Your blog is very informative and loaded with great pictures as well. Thanks for sharing.

Gerard



Aug 15, 2012 at 02:50 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Bullfighting with a twist, Cotabambas - Peru


Many thanks Gerard. I agree, without pictures it's hard to believe such a story.

Talk soon
Rob



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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Bullfighting with a twist, Cotabambas - Peru


Very interesting shots. I must say that #4 is as cool as anything I have ever seen...

John



Aug 18, 2012 at 01:12 AM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Bullfighting with a twist, Cotabambas - Peru


Really good pics of a vile event !



Aug 22, 2012 at 09:54 AM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Bullfighting with a twist, Cotabambas - Peru


Thanks John, fwellers. Fwellers, you might like my other post a bit better, same trip different event.

www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1141003

Cheers

Rob



Aug 22, 2012 at 11:48 AM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Bullfighting with a twist, Cotabambas - Peru


Great story and pictures. Love the PP. Very dramatic.

My favorite is the picture of the kids on the fence.



Aug 24, 2012 at 04:59 PM
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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Bullfighting with a twist, Cotabambas - Peru


Much appreciated Scott.


Aug 24, 2012 at 05:03 PM





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