This round of travel pics features cats, dogs, and a couple of guinea pigs. Some are strays and some are pets.
I was taking a little ferry across Lake Titicaca from the Peru side to the Bolivia side, and a local lady had this adorable little kitten. Lake Titicaca is supposedly the highest navigable lake in the world, but I’m not sure what the bar is for navigability.
It’s high in this part of the world. Cusco, Peru is at 3399 metres above sea level, and La Paz, Bolivia, is the high world capital at 3640 m. I flew into Lima, Peru, which is only a smidge above sea level. I spent time in two cities on the way up to Cusco to avoid going straight up to altitude, but I still ended up feeling pretty gross my first day there, although that cleared up quickly after I took acetazolamide, which is a diuretic used for altitude sickness. La Paz wasn’t that much higher than Cusco, but it was enough of a difference that I was exhausted. On top of that, La Paz is very hilly, and you can’t go anywhere without having to walk uphill.
Fun fact: people living at high altitude have thicker blood than us wimpy folks. Their bodies make more red blood cells so they have more hemoglobin to carry oxygen.
A guesthouse I stayed at in Peru had a guinea pig enclosure. Cute cute, but in Peru, guinea pigs aren’t pets, they’re food. That was a bit traumatic.
This is at a park in Lima. I like the little white cat poking out from under the bush. The sleek grey cat looks kind of like my blogging friend Emilia’s cat Misha. These cats are strays, but clearly well fed strays.
On the not so pretty end of the stray animal spectrum is this rather sad canine specimen in Thailand.
Below are some happier dogs from Thailand.
This seemed to be the local resident at a guesthouse I stayed at.
This catlet was in India, and specifically Mumbai, if I recall correctly. I feel like I probably saw as many assorted animals in India as I did on safari in Africa. Not the same kind of animals, but there were just a lot of them.
Well, that’s it for this week. Happy travels!
All photos © 2021 Ashley Peterson.