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bolivia01Yapa means to add a little more, something extra, a bonus, as a favour.

At the market places of La Paz, El Alto or Cochabamba it is customary to say to the seller, 'yapa, yapa'; a little bit more.

Bolivia has three official languages, Spanish, Quechua and Aymara. Yapa comes from Quechua, the language of the indigenous Quechuas, which make up about 30% of the population. Sometimes the locals use the word ñapa - it means the same thing, as in 'Dos veces mas de ñapa.' - 'Twice more for good measure.'