You Know You Are In Peru When…

Ancient ruins are so commonplace they double as playgroundsWith Machu Picchu as the trump card, Peru is more touristy than any other country we visited in South America but it’s not without its rugged charms. From our journey up through Lake Titicaca, Colca Canyon, Arequipa, Cusco to Lima…You know you are in Peru when…

– Ancient ruins are so commonplace they double as playgrounds
– When church service is held atop the deepest canyon in the world and communion is taken with jungle juice

 

Peruvian statue of flames and llamas– A national statue is commissioned to be built with a crown of flames and instead is interpreted as a hat of llamas

 

Uros floating islands of Lake Titicaca– You secede from the government by building your own island state out of reeds and rope

 

Chicha morada, is a concoction of purple corn, cinnamon, and lime Peru– The staple soft drink, Chicha morada, is a concoction of purple corn, cinnamon, and lime.
– The local beer is fermented corn brewed in the bathtub (below)

 

Dance party in Colca Canyon Peru– You get pulled you over not for a traffic violation but to join in for a town-wide dance party (above)
– Llamas reign supreme
– When the entire taxi stand looks like they were featured on pimp my rickshaw

 

Cusco museums just to acclimatize to the 15,000-foot elevation– You have to spend three days in Cusco museums just to acclimatize to the 15,000-foot elevation
– The stone ruins are so massive and bountiful they put Stonehenge to shame
– Lava rock is so abundant you have to build a city like Arequipa just to get rid of it.

 

Ceviche in Peru– The ceviche so cheap and plentiful, blue stone crab is a garnish

 

13 thoughts on “You Know You Are In Peru When…

  • August 10, 2012 at 12:52 pm
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    Love love love that format… Well done; you always capture the essence of your visits. 15,000 feet ? Wow . Funny about being “pulled over”! Hahhahahahahaha I always go to a map after I read your posts. Looking forward to Africa… I need to know! Hahahahaha take care of each other.

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  • August 11, 2012 at 7:19 am
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    Like the bullet point approach to support the pictures…which are as terrific as always.
    laspots

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  • August 12, 2012 at 4:51 am
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    ” You get pulled you over not for a traffic violation but to join in for a town-wide dance”

    Tell us more about the dance party!

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    • August 26, 2012 at 11:42 am
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      the dance party was something the town “organized”, basically most of the town in traditional dress had some home brew and a bunch of instruments. and we rolled up in our cab, and the lade in the photo wouldnt let us pass, and in spanish told Anne she needed to get out and dance if we wanted to get past….well 45 minutes later we were 3 sheets to the wind, and dancing up a storm with the locals….it was really a blast. we want to mail them a few photos. even though we dont have their address. we thought that would be fun.

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  • August 12, 2012 at 1:45 pm
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    glad you like that format Jim. Peru was amazing, especially the things off the tourist track. yeah 15,000feet, was crazy. slow steps πŸ™‚ Africa is the NEXT post, that Peru post was the last from South America! Woot Woot

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    • August 14, 2012 at 5:59 pm
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      I miss the llamas already! At least you have that llama figurine you girls snagged, what was his name again? No joke, whenever we saw a funny, furry one, we thought of you πŸ™‚

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  • May 7, 2013 at 1:36 pm
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    I’ve been reading your “you know you’re in…” posts and they make me smiley. Can relate to a lot of the things of the places we’ve also been too!
    Keep it up, guys! πŸ™‚
    Zara

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  • October 5, 2013 at 5:46 pm
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    We loved the chica morada in Peru! It was so different and unique!

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  • November 22, 2013 at 6:05 pm
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    Love the pimped out tuk-tuks of Peru! Even better are the ‘cool’ drivers who plaster Ben 10 stickers all over the windows and pump Justin Biever from their crackling speakers.

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