So, while I was visiting Peru, every time I thought to myself, “oh coooool” or “that’s really interesting,” I wrote it down… so here goes my random (and hopefully interesting) list of observations about Peru:
1. They eat guinea pig – and they often serve it whole… (Cuy is the name of the dish when the guinea pig is served crispy with the head, tail, feet… everything.)
2. Some parts of Peru also eat cat… but let’s not think about that.
3. There are about 3000 types of potatoes, so basically expect a form of potato with every meal. Oh, and you’ll eat way too much rice as well, so you might as well quit the low-carb diet beforehand.
4. They use cute animals to make money. Women and girls sit on curbs with baby llamas, puppies, and lambs, and you have to pay them for a picture. If only I’d known this before running over to take pictures with them…
5. They build houses in the most inconvenient of places. But quite impressive.
6. Some of their places begin with two Q’s in a row (i.e. Qquecquerisca). Cool? Very. Confusing? Absolutely.
7. There are stray dogs… EVERYWHERE.
8. Lake Titicaca in Peru is the world’s highest navigable lake at around 3800 meters above sea level.
9. If you think egg whites and alcoholic beverages don’t mix, think again. Peru’s national drink, the pisco sour, is made up of pisco liquor, lime, syrup, egg white, and bitters. Sounds strange, but it can be dangerously addictive.
10. They drink heaps of coca tea (mate de coca), an herbal tea made from coca leaves (where cocaine comes from). And I was wondering why I couldn’t sleep for five days straight….
Anything stand out to you as particularly interesting in Peru?
As always, keep on livin’ pura vida ✌