In this region of Argentina llama meat is often dried and preserved, then eaten like jerky. Llamas are an integral community in the north, not only as a source of food but as a part of the natural landscape. These animals are of cultural value as transport, food and fur. This picture was taken in the back of a restaurant, where one had to walk through to go to the bathroom. During my journey to said bathroom, I snapped a picture of the striking, but for personally me personally, unappetizing sight. I was offered ""charky"" on a couple of occasions and enjoyed it. The dryness seen in photo is due the location of La Quiaca. Much of the northern region is located in the foothills of the Andes mountain range, or at an extremely high altitude. We were outside of La Quiaca and where the altitude was around 12,000 ft. At this incredible altitude, the sun is powerful, but the meat dries quickly!
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