Although we see market vendors who’ve clearly hauled fresh produce and forest delicacies all the way from lands far lower, the street food is decidedly Andean. Meaning, it’s cold and high and you need all the fat, protein and filler you can get. But even the basics can’t dodge the out-of-sync dollar pricing. A vendor holds up three Ziploc bags of beans and says together they cost a dollar. Which would have been 25,000 sucres if they were still legal. But three years ago, that same 25,000 sucres would buy you an entire basket of dried goods.
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