After being up North for a few days we started noticing everyone with big cheek-fuls of coca leaves. Most of the men in the area looked like old-time baseball players or chipmunks packing away nuts for the winter.
Chewing coca leaves is a big part of the culture here in Northern Argentina as well as in many other indigenous communities across the central Andean region. Particularly in places like the highlands of Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia and Peru.
(A terrible tutorial on how to chew coca leaves in Northern Argentina)