Peru — where the soda is called Inca Cola

September 18th

Welcome to Peru

Let’s cross the border into Peru already, shall we?

Alma and Kelli on the Bolivian Peruvian border

Alma and I were fresh off the bus from La Paz in this photo, standing on the border and wondering if we were crazy to have just agreed to drive all the way to Cusco that day. The bus ticket was only $15, but the ride was 14 hours long, with few to no stops and no restroom on the bus. We were entertained, however, with vendors who would board every now and then selling their wares. Most were selling warm food, including grilled llama and guinea pig. We held our bladders and our hunger until we arrived at our destination.

Lake Titicaca with Andes in the background

Lake Titicaca is beautiful. And huge. And apparently very cold. While we didn’t visit the floating islands, we were able to see some incredible views from the bus.

Peruvian women, before and After

One of my favorite photos from the trip. A view of old and new Peru, via the women and their dress.

Licorice for the first time

I feel like this little boy should have had a sign that read, “Kelli was here.” I gave him a piece of red licorice and he was ohsopleased. He and his mother rode next to me for several hours on one of the bus trips.

Weaving his bag

I met this man on a different Peruvian bus. He was weaving a bag he planned to sell in the market.

A man weaves a bag while riding on the bus
Mural in Ollantaybamba municipal building4

Colorful mural in the Ollantaytambo Municipal Office.

Incan warrior, Aguas Calientes

Statue in Aguas Calientes, Peru. I teased Alma this was her Incan warrior boyfriend. It was funny the first time, but apparently not the 100th.

~K

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11 Responses

  1. Great photographs! That lake is stunning!

  2. Hi,

    Like my Angolan friend, you post pictures that one would not be likely to find anywhere else.

    Thanks for sharing.

  3. magnificent view of Lake Titicaca — wow!

  4. Aw. C’mon! Weren’t you at least *tempted* to try the grilled llama and guinea pig?!? šŸ™‚

    Oh my!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Wow, you are one tall American next to Alma. šŸ˜‰ The lake views are stunning and what a cool bag – and being made on a bus! Ah, bus journeys in the developing world. What memories your pictures bring back! Love the little boy. Isn’t it amazing the joy derived from a twizler?

  6. Again…amazing photos you have been taking Kelli! I love the hands of the old man making the bag…love it. And of course, im a sucka for little boy pics.

  7. Did you try the Inca cola? One of my former colleagues, Javier, is Peruvian and brought some in for us one day. Not only is it nuclear yellow, but strangely, tastes like bubble gum. And he tells us it is more popular than Coca Cola! (Guess they don’t do it like the Bolivians, eh?)

  8. Seriously Kelli, you should submit some of your photos to magazines…you capture some great shots!

  9. terrific pictures kelli!

  10. The old verses new photo was interesting. All other pictures were of culture and character. What is the analysis of the new Peru. No culture, no character?

    Very enjoyable pictures.

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