The real World Cup in Peru

Playing football in Andes Peru

Peru might not have officially qualified for the World Cup in 2014, but you’d never know it in this small village high in the Andes.

At 9840 feet (3000 metres) above sea level, the stage was set for a tough international battle – Intrepid Travel Guests vs. Locals. Both teams were a bit rusty – but soon the competitive World Cup spirit overcame their stiffness!

The visiting team ended up losing in a close 2-1 game. Our travelers just weren’t any match for the altitude, or the women and men of the Andes! But everyone’s a winner on days like this, when language barriers and cultural differences are overcome by so much fun on the football field with our new friends.

One of my favorite experiences of the ‪Niece Project trip so far!

Sacred Valley football in Peru

Local team are already in front with their great uniforms.

Sacred Valley football in Peru

Neither side will go down without a fight!

Sacred Valley football in Peru

The locals have their game faces on.

Sacred Valley football in Peru

Even the donkeys want to join in the fun.

Sacred Valley football in Peru

The local team makes a move to score the winning goal.

Sacred Valley football in Peru

Smiles all round in the Sacred Valley.

My adventures with Megan, Niece #3, continue in Peru on Intrepid’s Inca Trail and Amazon trip. You can follow our progress via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #NieceProject and find out more about Niece Project and my travels on

Photos © Sherry Ott.

About the author

Sherry Ott - Sherry is a long term traveller, blogger and photographer with one goal in mind - to make you wish you were somewhere else. She seeks out unique travel experiences and writes about her around-the-world adventures on She's also a co-founder of Meet, Plan, Go!, a website and national travel event teaching you how you can take your very own travelling career break or sabbatical.

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