Modes of transport in Peru


I'm fascinated by the ways in which people accomplish transport--hauling cargo or themselves

In poorer countries it seems that those ways are more varied, and often much more appropriate to the task at hand 

And Peru is a poor country.

In cities like Lima, the range of options includes those available in any North American city--a proliferation of private cars, large buses, etc.

But even there, there is a substrata of more modest choices--human powered vehicles, and light motorized vehicles



Arguably the simplest of the human-powered instruments, the lowly wheelbarrow of an Ayacucho fruit vendor




Or Linda in Ayacucho, with her mobile restaurant




Bicycles are ubiquitous in Peru, often tailored to a specific need


...or simply pressed into service when needed


And then add a third wheel




I once saw (in Nova Scotia) a bicycle with hand pedals as well as foot pedals.

But this was the first time I saw one with only hand pedals--obviously suited to this man's physical condition



I saw only two of these rigs in Peru, both in Ayacucho





But in Peru, this was the vehicle that provided the most flexibility and utility




Hauling all manner of loads




and overloads




or providing an instant retail outlet...
 this case assisted by a loudspeaker system, in Urubamba



or a slightly more elegant mobile store, as with this woman in Tarma




or this man in Ayacucho




or just providing the owner a respite from the day's toil, as with Ricardo in Pisco



In towns near Puno, they're pressed into service as taxis, reminiscent of some Asian countries

Now moving up a space in the transport chain, we add an internal combustion engine


Again, starting with two wheels, nicely tailored for a specific task (delivering liquid propane)




And adding a third wheel, to collect trash in Tarms

(the text on the side reads "Tarma I want you clean")

This is one of my all-time favorite vehicles




or put the engine in the rear, and bring your produce to market in Lima



And then there are the motos, the three-wheeled taxis that proliferate in Peru



Of these, I like the ones with larger tires.

I've seen these taken to the highways, at speeds up to 40 or 50 mph



The odd thing was that when I saw this pickup in Ayacucho, it seemed out of place--being now accustomed to seeing the more modest modes of transport 

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