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Huchusuma Chapel

Huchusuma Chapel, with Tata Sajama and the twin Payachata volcanoes, Pomerape and Parinacota

Huchusuma Chapel, with Tata Sajama and the twin Payachata volcanoes, Pomerape and Parinacota in the distance

Huchusuma Chapel is the first of the Curahuara-area chapels on our route.  In fact, in the area of Curahuara de Carangas and Sajama there are more than 50 chapels, most of which were constructed in the colonial era.  Some are mere ruins, at this point, while others are beautifully constructed and maintained.  Huchusuma Chapel is one of 11 chapels which have been preserved by the U.S. Embassy with funding from the U.S. Department of State Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation.

Huchusuma is dedicated to the Virgen de los Remedios and was constructed in the 17th century.  Sitting alone on an altiplano desert with it’s asymitrical white towers and the towering white Sajama, Pomerape and Parinacota volcanoes in the distance behind it, Huchusuma is certainly photogenic.  It is visible from the road and only a couple of minutes off the road.

Inside, Huchusuma chapel is adorned simply, but attractively

Inside, Huchusuma chapel is adorned simply, but attractively

This is the bell tower as it stood two years ago, before being repaired

This is the bell tower as it stood two years ago, before being repaired

Here is the small .gdb file covering the short turnoff to Huchusuma.

Here is the tower after repair

Here is the tower after repair

Comments

Pingback from Larry Memmott's Blog » The Churches of Curahuara de Carangas and Sajama: La Paz to Tomarapi
Time November 28, 2013 at 7:23 pm

[…] next stop should be the beautiful little Huchusuma Chapel on the left side of the road at 47 […]

Pingback from Larry Memmott's Blog » Curahuara de Carangas and the Sistine Chapel of the Altiplano
Time January 1, 2014 at 6:29 pm

[…] Getting to Curahuara is no challenge at all.  The left turn is marked very clearly on the road out to Tambo Quemado from Patacamaya, some 11 miles beyond Huchusuma Chapel. […]

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