Ian Billenness

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Coca Cola

Published March 12th, 2012

Whilst waiting for our two punctures to be repaired (courtesy of the Manu Road) a young Peruvian takes a swig of the worlds favourite drink, Coca Cola.

In the fields around his town, Selvatico, Coca is grown. Coca leaves are chewed or made into tea by many Peruvians to help combat the effects of altitude. Coca Cola is today made from an extract of the Coca leave albeit one that does not have Coca 's more sinister ingredient within it, namely Cocaine.

There are a number of security check points on the Manu Road where the trucks using the road are subject to checks on the amount of Coca that they are carrying, a bag of leaves for chewing is fine, anything more is not.

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Street Entertainment

Published March 11th, 2012

Today we, the Gringos, were the best entertainment in town. We had driven from Cusco east across the Andes and down the infamous Manu Road into Peruvian Amazionia. Blisteringly hot and humid we had two punctures on the way and so had to stop at the frontier town of Selvatico to have them repaired much to the delight and amusement of the local kids including this young man and his big sister.

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