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Posted on Aug 19, 2013 in Personas | 0 comments

 

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.

 

Lake Titicaca, where Flores lives
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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.

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