The raspadilla is a sweet ice drink that is typical of region. It is made from blocks of ice that are brought down from the peaks of the Huandoy, the second highest mountain in the Cordillera Blanca section of the Andes. Fruit-flavoured syrup is added to the ice shavings that are usually created by handheld graters.
Every October, the people of Yungay gather to share the largest raspadilla in the world from this communal cup. The ceremony is commemorated by folk dances and music. The cup is adorned by pictures of mountaineers, regional plants, crops, and animals.
Listen to survivor Luis Cachay tell us about the raspadilla: