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While taking in all the incredible views that Machu Picchu has to offer, I also noticed splashes of colour throughout the site. Had a closer look and took time to smell the …… begonias! These are begonia veitchii. This is the coca plant, a small shrub often spelled koka in Quechua - its a plant native to north-western South America and it plays a significant role in traditional Andean culture. If visiting Peru, you’ll probably have a chance to try coca tea - believed to alleviate symptoms of altitude sickness. More often the leaves of the coca plant are chewed - said to help with the alleviation of pain.Dainty pink bloom.
The area around Machu Picchu has 372 species of orchids - some of them pictured here.
Gorgeous pink blooms at Machu Picchu, perhaps an orchid?
Day 6 - Friendly Planet - Amazing Peru Tour