Tasting Chicha

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A sip of chicha during a bike tour.

photographing chichaChicha is the most traditional alcoholic drink in La Candelaria and probably in Colombia. Made from fermented corn, it was invented by the Muisca Indians who inhabited what’s now Bogotá before the arrival of the Spanish.

Today, it’s still popular among young people and drunk in small dark bars in La Candelaria’s Callejon del Embudo.

super chicha

Super chicha!

Thankfully, chicha hasn’t been corporatized. It’s still made by local women in their homes or the bars themselves.

Of course, not everybody likes chicha, but it is worth a try.

chicha bowl

Chicha is often served in wooden gourds or reused glass bottles.




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