Chabuca Granda and the Peruvian Paso horse!

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With a smile in her face, a comfortable Chabuca relaxes
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Jose Antonio is one of Chabuca Granda’s most famous compositions and I am including here the original lyrics in Spanish and the English translation of first part:

Statue in memory of the great Peruvian song writer Chabuca Granda
Statue in memory of the great Peruvian song writer Chabuca Granda
Statue to Chabuca Granda's Jose Antonio.
Statue to Chabuca Granda's Jose Antonio.
Church in the suburb of Barranco
Church in the suburb of Barranco
Puente de los Suspiros (Sighing Bridge) in Barranco. Chabuca Granda also composed a song about this bridge.
Puente de los Suspiros (Sighing Bridge) in Barranco. Chabuca Granda also composed a song about this bridge.
Morro Solar at the far end of Costa Verde, in Chorrillos, Lima, Peru.
Morro Solar at the far end of Costa Verde, in Chorrillos, Lima, Peru.
Amancae flower
Amancae flower
Peruvian flag
Peruvian flag

Jose Antonio (Spanish)

Por una vereda viene
cabalgando José Antonio
Se viene desde Barranco
a ver la flor de Amancaes
En un berevere criollo,
va a lo largo del camino
con jipi japa pañuelo
y poncho blanco de lino.

Click here for the full José Antonio lyrics in Spanish.

(English translation)

Along the path comes
riding José Antonio.
He comes from Barranco
to see the Amancaes flower.
Riding a creole horse
he comes along
with jipi japa scarf
and white, linen poncho.

Chabuca was a very distinguished lady and her compositions reflect a certain kind of elegance! But it is not only her own, but that of the paso horses too with their trademark gait and the chalanes riding along with their flowing ponchos and their jipi japa hats.


Considered to be one of Lima’s most romantic and bohemian districts. It is next to the seaside and used to be a fashionable beach resort for the aristocracy a century ago. Today its beaches are popular for surfing and a marina was also completed there in 2008.

The name Barranco means ravine in Spanish and it is close to a cliff overlooking a sandy strip, called Costa Verde, which runs parallel to the ocean, from the fashionable suburb of Miraflores, all the way to the Morro Solar hill in Chorrillos.

A beautiful walkway, called Bajada de los Baños, leads to the sea and crossing it is the famous Puente de los Suspiros (Sighs Bridge). On the far side of the bridge there is a park with a statue of Barranco's famous composer, Chabuca Granda.

Barranco has many colonial style houses, flower filled parks and some famous museums are also situated there. The area also has restaurants, nightclubs, discos and bars, where Peruvian music shows can also be appreciated.

Amancae flower

This flower is an endemic herbaceous plant species of the coastal hills of Peru. The plant has yellow terminal flowers, with a short life span of only 2 to 3 days and its beauty has inspired many artists and intellectuals. St. John Baptist’s Day is celebrated on June 24 and that is the start of the flowering of the Amancae and the slopes of the Rimac District, (outskirts of Lima), are covered with them.

A chaln's jipi japa hat.
A chaln's jipi japa hat.
Peruvian Paso horse being ridden by a chalán with jipi japa hat and linen poncho.
Peruvian Paso horse being ridden by a chalán with jipi japa hat and linen poncho.

Peruvian Paso Horse

It descends from the horses introduced into the country by the Spanish at the time of the Conquest and early years of the Colony. The horse has a special gait, which is synchronised, cadensed and elegant. Chabuca Granda, the famous Peruvian song writer, composed a song entitled José Antonio, which talks about the chalán sitting on top of his horse, wearing his jipi japa hat, a scarf around his neck and his white linen poncho.

Selective breeding coupled with the climate and forage, served to modify succeeding generations to create a new breed with unique characteristics. The trademark of this breed is a special and completely natural lateral gait called paso llano.

Every year hundreds of people go to the paso horse competitions, which are renowned for their beauty and elegance. Many people do it as a family tradition, but with the four competitions being held in Lima this year, it seems that the number of fans is rapidly increasing! The Mamacona Exhibition Field in Pachacámac, a province 30km from Lima, usually hosts the festivities.

The beauty of the horses is not the only thing on show, but also the elegant chalanes that ride the horses. There is much tradition, not only with the clothes they wear, but also their mounts and the red and white (Peruvian flag colours) reigns, which are often knitted by hand to include silver pieces. Their traditional attire was originally developed for the climate of the coastal area.

Chalanes traditional wear:

· The jipi japa hat, which it is not really from Peru. It is better known as Panama hat, but it is not from that country either, but from Ecuador, as that is where the town of Jipi japa is situated!

· A scarf around their necks

· A fine, white poncho made of linen or alpaca wool.

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Comments 6 comments

Nilda Calderon 6 years ago

How can I buy a Peruvian hat (Jipi Japa or Chalan Hat)

I just need a site or an email to make a quick contact.

Thanks in advance

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sylvia13 6 years ago from Shoal Bay, NSW, Australia Author

Good question!! I just found a site on the Internet, where they not only sell Chalan hats, but also chullos, alpaca and knitted hats.

The Jipi Japa hat is sometimes also called Panama Hat, even though it is made in Ecuador!

Horse Riding Clothing 6 years ago

Thanks for sharing! This is a great hub. I was not at all familiar with the Paso, or the traditions of Lima.

sylvia13 6 years ago

Thanks for commenting! I was glad to share about them and the city of Lima with you! Although it is in Spanish, the Jose Antonio song is very elegant, like all of Chabuca Granda's compositions.

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Christopher Price 6 years ago from Vermont, USA

When I think of Peru it is always of the Andes and Machu Pichu and the like. Thanks for the reminder that Peru has such a beautiful west coast and so much more to offer a visitor.

I have heard of the Peruvian Paso Horse. I was hoping to view the video but it won't run for me right now. I'll try again another time.


Theo Wagner 5 years ago

According to the most authoratative book on the Peruvian Paso, "The Peruvian Paso and His Classic Equitation" the jipijapa (palm fiber) is grown in Guayaquil, Ecuador BUT the best weavers and makers of the hat are located in Northern Peru in the towns of Monsefu and Catacaos. Also, the information suggests that the straw hat (jipijapa) is traditionally worn with the cotton poncho and the wool felt hat of the same style is worn with the alpaca or wool poncho. These hats are difficult to find and I would also be interested in a source for the traditional Peruvian (Chalan) riding boots.

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