Peru, 2013-A bottle from El Tigre Restaurant in Mira Flores, Lima

El Tigre Restaurant - LimaIn May, 2013, we went to Peru for a short vacation.  While there, we spent a few days in Lima and a few days in Cusco. Naturally, getting a bottle of Coke was on the to-do list.  This would be our first bottle from South America!

While we looked around, all we found were plastic bottles in stores, which we a bit disheartening.

After a morning of touring, we stopped at the El Tigre Restaurant next to Kennedy Park, in Mira Flores. We enjoyed the food and the atmosphere in the outside dinning area.

As we were getting ready to leave, we noticed a glass bottle of coke on the table next to us. Since we were getting ready to leave, we decided to ask if we could have the empty bottle.  At first, they didn’t know what we wanted, but that’s not surprising considering we don’t speak much Spanish. After the waitress understood, she didn’t want to give it to us, but after a couple of minutes of talking, she brought us the manager who agreed to give it to us.

We recommend the restaurant if you’re visiting the area. (We would, even if they didn’t give us the bottle, the food was good.)

Our assumption is that there is a deposit on the bottle that they didn’t want to lose. (We offered to pay for that, but I think that got lost in translation. ) We asked at another restaurant in Cusco, but they wouldn’t give us the bottle either.

On the way back to the US, we bought a can of Coke at the airport. Unfortunately, we didn’t know that we couldn’t take food items on the plane with us, so it was confiscated. I wasn’t thinking quickly enough, otherwise I would have taken a picture of the customs office confiscating it.  I also would have thought to go pour it out (er, or drink it), and kept the can.


El Tigre Restaurant - Lima

The hero who let us have the bottle!

Peru Coke Bottle 2013

The bottle is from 2002. (You can see the copyright in the upper white text).

Coke street vendor on street in Lima

A street vendor, selling to people at red lights.

You can read more about our trip over at


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