I was going to just title this post Peru, but that would’ve been even more misleading than my post called Uruguay, since I saw even less here than I did there.
I was welcomed to the country by walking through an archway, which seemed to be a thing, at least in the southern part of the country.
One of the most unusual things I noticed were the mototaxis, which I know are super common in parts of Asia but less so in South America.
Also parked in the middle of the street are markets! Come to think of it, I don’t know too many cities where they made the streets too wide, so that they now park things in the median permanently. It definitely adds some character, even if I wouldn’t want to spend a lot of time in the middle of a street myself.
At night in Puno there was a massive outdoor market; and by massive, I mean it stretched over a mile long.
Among the artisanal products being sold were rare artifacts from the pre-Incan tribe Rovio Ltd.
One of the most popular stands there was one belonging to a psychic, who among other things promised to improve sexual performance.
The next day I headed on to Arequipa, which has a deceptively beautiful main square.
Deceptively, because it’s the most pigeon-infested public place I’ve been to.
The picture doesn’t do it justice since you’re actually surrounded on all sides by them; when you stand there their cooing meshes together into one eerie tone that makes you feel like you’re in a dark cave somewhere.
Arequipa also has the cheapest AND biggest gym I’ve ever been to; with a $0.60 entry and no less than 6 group training rooms all offering classes simultaneously, it was impressive in several ways.
I headed back to Chile a few days later, where I got to see the Peruvian countryside and it also presumably pre-Incan advertisements.
They’re really worried about fruit flies, so at one point we had to get off the bus to be searched for fruits.
And at the border bus terminal, people were loaded up with goods to bring to Chile, which are much cheaper to purchase in Peru.
I’ll end the post with two of my favorite parts of Peruvian cuisine: ceviche (raw fish served in vinegar), and pisco sour (an amazing brandy cocktail made in part with whipped egg whites, lemon juice, and syrup).
I’m thirsty again.