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Charged by Alpacas

September 19, 2010

I’ve been in Cuzco for a full day. My plane was delayed and I arrived at at my hotel dizzy and breathless because of the altitude shift. I spent the evening sipping coca leaf tea by a crackling fire in the hotel and reading.

This morning I woke up refreshed and ventured out to the Plaza de Armas in Cuzco. There I found an incredible parade featuring little girls dressed as fairies, men in suits, and far too much gunfire for my comfort. I took a few pictures of the hustle and bustle and made my way over to the museum sector. I came across this Andean woman in traditional dress along the way and asked to take her picture. Of  course, it was for a price, but I gladly paid the 4 soles ($1.50) for a few snapshots.

After leaving the woman I climbed the stars to San Blas, a district of Cuzco and a place where tourists can find good, cheap food that is safe for our stomachs. As I was walking down the street and about to turn a corner, a small boy came rushing at me with two alpacas. While I’ve come to expect many surprises in the streets of South America, I have never been charged by alpacas.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 21, 2010 1:47 am

    That was $1.50 well spent. There’s a lot of character in that woman’s face! Also, I really like your snake boots. Hopefully you won’t have to rely on them to save your life, but that would be a good story! It could rival some of my snake stories! I don’t have to tell you, but enjoy yourself! It’s a great adventure.

  2. September 29, 2010 1:49 pm

    Was it as harrowing as being charged by rhinos in South Africa? I remember someone screaming “Back up! Back up! Back Up!”…
    Looking forward to seeing you next week in Waychecha.. Maybe I should get altitude sickness pills, but coca leaf tea sounds like more fun..


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