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Peru Train Blogging!

by Jerome au Perou Fri Aug 10th, 2012 at 08:48:54 PM EST

While driving on the altiplano, we came across a train line - the Cusco - Puno - Arequipa line and I tried to take a few pictures:



On the next day, the rail line followed the road towards Puno for most of the trip, and I kept on taking pictures of empty rails:

in the meantime, the road we were using, while not congested, certainly had its fair share of truck traffic:

until, suddenly, and unexpectedly, a train came right towards us:

 

It seems to be pulling only tankers - this is consistent with the road traffic, the majority of which was fuel or acids for the various mining operations that seem to be taking place all around the area.

I even managed to get a picture with llamas in front of it:

(because yes, this is llama territory... more pictures in the next diary)

We later drove by the highest station on the line (and I presume one of the highest altogether), not far from Lake Titicaca:

Coming down the valley, the train line snuggled between the road and the river, but we did not see another train:

Normal blogging of the sites we visited in the past 2 days will follow - I have hundreds of pictures but it's a bit slow to upload them all.

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coca leaves in infusion...

by Jerome au Perou on Fri Aug 10th, 2012 at 08:52:05 PM EST
Already?

;)

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Aug 11th, 2012 at 02:48:35 AM EST
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Every hotel gives you coca tea to combat altitude sickness, and you can buy a bag of chewing leaves at every market, as well as the chunk of limestone you keep in your mouth to activate the leaves.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin
by Crazy Horse on Sat Aug 11th, 2012 at 03:37:28 AM EST
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How interesting:
... The coca alkaloid content of coca tea is such that the consumption of one cup of coca tea can cause a positive result on a drug test for cocaine, however.

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Coca tea is legal in Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, and Ecuador. However, its use is being discouraged in part by the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs.[citation needed] Coca tea is illegal in the United States unless it is decocainized.

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Coca tea is often recommended for travelers in the Andes to prevent altitude sickness. However, its actual effectiveness has never been systematically studied.



If you are not convinced, try it on someone who has not been entirely debauched by economics. — Piero Sraffa
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Aug 11th, 2012 at 03:42:44 AM EST
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its actual effectiveness has never been systematically studied.

Somehow no researcher has been able to get funding for the research.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Aug 11th, 2012 at 08:36:03 AM EST
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Amazing how that happens.

If you are not convinced, try it on someone who has not been entirely debauched by economics. — Piero Sraffa
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Aug 11th, 2012 at 09:25:03 AM EST
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Are you planning to ride Tintin's train?
by Bernard on Sat Aug 11th, 2012 at 11:53:50 AM EST
Check the brake first.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat Aug 11th, 2012 at 01:25:23 PM EST
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Nope, but we'll be taking the train to get to Maccu Picchu.
by Jerome au Perou on Sat Aug 11th, 2012 at 07:44:54 PM EST
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Forgot a bridge pic:

by Jerome au Perou on Sat Aug 11th, 2012 at 07:43:12 PM EST
That sure looks steep!
by njh on Sun Aug 12th, 2012 at 05:16:26 PM EST
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