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Quechua speaker in Isla Taquile
But there are other languages spoken in Peru. Most of the people from Cuzco and north Titicaca speak QUECHUA, a language spoken by incas. If you go south of Lake Titicaca they speak AYMARA, and in the jungle the different tribes have different dialects.
We would say "parada"
In Peru they speak mainly spanish, though there are words and expressions we don't use back in Spain. In general you could understand all, is just that some words sound funny or inusual, but you get soon used to them.
Knowing a few words of spanish is so very useful, specially if you have to ask for a street, find where a bus takes you and so on...
Every ethnic group has its own distinctive hat. When I was in Pisaq Market I counted up to 4 different types of hat, all in women with traditional dressing. In the pic you can see the most colourful one, with "flowers in their hair", like the hippies of the 60s :-))
Market in Pisaq
In Peru women wear traditionally hats, while most men wear just caps or nothing.
The most common hats are a kind of bowler hats, I guess they come from some old caps wore by europeans here in 19th century. These are common in Bolivia too.
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