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Young Peruvian Boy Chewing Coca Leaves | by sandybarrett
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Young Peruvian Boy Chewing Coca Leaves

As I travelled to Machu Picchu we stopped at a village high in the Andes and this young boy, aged about 15 years, was selling cloths which were quite ornate and intricate in design. He had his cheek full of coca leaves which help with altitude sickness. I drank the tea in preference and it did help with the headaches you can develop with altitude sickness.

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Taken on November 13, 2012