Peru- Food and our final exit

When we arrived in Peru, we had no idea what to expect from this country.  Of course we knew of Machu Picchu, but there were so many more surprises in store for us!  We hope you enjoyed exploring the country along with us, but our 180 day tourist permit is expiring and it is time to leave Peru.   We exited Peru through the Amazon, specifically Puerto Maldonado.  There are some movies about this area, which discuss the illicit gold mining operations and river vacuuming procedures.  We didn’t see any of that as we wound through the jungle roads. mountain roads.jpg

The final village we slept in is called Marcapata.  Once we took a look at the church, we wished we had more time to stay and explore.  This is one of only a few thatched roof, baroque churches in South America.  Here is a collection of photos by Yale University which document this beautiful relic. (click here to open a new window)

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But the church isn’t the only old, patched together thing in the little village of Marcapata.   The city truck has certainly seen better days.  Yet I share this photo with great admiration, as you must acknowledge the details: missing lights, fabricated fender, dangling bumper, etc.  And yet the city crew pulled up and parked this beast as they arrived to work on the church lawn.  marcapata town truck.jpg

But before we leave Peru entirely, we want to share some food photos with you.  This is a collection of items that we discovered during our 6 month visit to Peru.  Check the labels on each photo for more information.

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Miguel- have a nice day! Starbucks, Peru
Salchipapas- Hot dog pieces served over french fries.
milk bag
Whole milk- sold in a plastic bag.  The red flower with the cow may be familiar.  Gloria Brand in Peru is a subsidiary of Carnation.
Honey- purchased at a roadside stand, sold in a recycled vodka bottle.
passion fruit
Maracuya- also known as passion fruit.  Delicious in drinks, ice cream, baked goods and eaten raw.
Cheese-  barely aged, semi-hard cheese with no artificial colorings or flavors.  Tastes similar to muenster.
Choclo- Corn on the cob, boiled in water and served with a chunk of fresh, soft cheese.  The kernels of this corn are much larger and the rows are much wider than typical USA corn.
avocado palta
Avocado- But here it is called palta and it comes in a wide variety of sizes and shapes.
cake and coffee
An afternoon treat of chocolate torte, chocolate/peanut butter brownie, coffee with milk and a wifi password!
Eggs- fresh from the farm.  Lightly rinsed, never refrigerated. (Look it up, it’s okay)
fried cheese
Fried fresh cheese served with kernels of choclo (corn) and whole, boiled potatoes  On the side are two types of spicy salsa made with vinegar and onions.
Mayonnaise in a pouch. Can use directly or refill a different dispenser.  Sold unrefrigerated, but refrigerate after opening.
Fresh cheese- this is a soft, moist cheese that has not been aged. It is delicious if eaten within three days.  After that it starts to taste like sour milk. Sold wrapped in paper.

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It is not uncommon to share a table with strangers.  Because we were using only two chairs at a table for six, this family came in and sat down with us.  The waitress is serving soup to accompany the chicken and rice dish.

Most of our meals are eaten “at home”  The cooking is done inside or outside the camper.  We have two tanks of propane for the cooktop.  We have a full array of cooking utensils.  We have space to store many fresh and preserved ingredients.  Geneva enjoys preparing food and learning to use local ingredients.  Maybe you will join us for a meal someday?  We would like that.

Find us next in Brazil.  We will be waiting for you!




2 thoughts on “Peru- Food and our final exit

  1. I really have enjoyed following you around Peru. Thank you so much for the postings

  2. I’m not ever going to get over that plate of salchipapas. (No ketchup?) 🤢 😂 You’ve shown us some fascinating places in Peru, and it’s hard to form a singular picture of it (except now, thanks to the salchipapas 🙄).
    Oh, and I always love the long distance photos of your camper, when I picture one of you left behind, watching wistfully as it almost disappears down some distant road. 😝
    Looking forward to Brazil! 👍

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