If Bolivia’s public records are correct, Carmelo Flores Laura is the oldest living person ever documented.
They say he turned 123 a month ago.
The native Aymara lives in a straw-roofed dirt-floor hut in an isolated hamlet near Lake Titicaca at 4,000 metres, is illiterate, speaks no Spanish and has no teeth.
A man aged 123, said to be the oldest person ever recorded, has been found living in a dirt-floor hut in Bolivia.
Illiterate herder Carmelo Flores Laura is still in good health, though all his teeth have gone, and doesn’t need a walking stick or glasses.
And the Aymara Indian was happy to share his secret to a lasting life: eating skunk and fox meat, avoiding sugar or pasta and taking long walks.
The father of three – who has 16 grandchildren and 39 great-grandchildren – was born on July 16, 1890, the civil registry reveals.
His daily diet has always included cananhua, a wild grain species rich in protein and amino acid, and occasionally pork and mutton.
Carmelo, widowed 10 years ago, said: “We only ate what we found in the wild.
“I shared the cooking with my wife. I’ve never been lazy – and I still go on long walks every day.”
His straw-roofed hut is in the isolated hamlet of Frasquia, 13,100ft up in the Andes near Lake Titicaca.
Relatives say he fought in a 1933 war with Paraguay but that apart has stayed near home.
Just one of his children, a son of 67, is alive.
Birth certificates did not exist in Bolivia in 1890 but the day he was born is on his baptism document.