Saturday, July 17, 2010
Cargadores and the "mecapal" or tumpline
Over the past few days while shopping in the central market here in Antigua Guatemala, I have noticed Cargadores at work hauling various goods around for folks using a Tumpline or "mecapal" as it is locally called.
These tumplines are made from everything like leather or rawhide to woven natural agave fibers, or nylon. I watched a cargadore today make a quickie Mecapal from a grain sack to haul pineapples for a lady who paid him a few centavos for his effort.
Most of the cargadores gear appears to be a tumpline, poncho, and a leather belt similar to that which weight lifters use.
I am very impressed by the amount of weight these guys carry at a jog, most of the cargadores appear to be older than me to boot!
I bought 2 "mecapals" and will try them out down the trail.
Here are a few pics of my "mecapals" and some cargadores hard at work.
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