10 hour train ride from Cusco to Puno
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One final, delicious breakfast at the hotel before catching a cab to the train station. We were taking the nice train from Cusco to Puno and we had no idea what to expect. We were in for a pleasant surprise! It was super fancy and nice! We had a table with a tablecloth and lamp and big comfy chairs like you would find in your grandma’s parlor. The train only runs Monday and Wednesday but it wasn’t full.
It seemed to take forever to get out of Cusco but it was fun waving at the people gathered to watch the train pass. Once we got outside of town we followed a river valley and passed many farm fields. The scenery was incredible. Well, maybe just really interesting.
At about 10:30, they had a fashion show in the observation car. I wasn’t really interested in fashion and I wanted to stay back to try to catch some photos out the window. We all got a free pisco sour - it seemed really strong, but it was still before lunch J
The train continued mostly uphill to highest point along our path, La Raya, at 4,313 m! This was our scenic stop.
We were served a beautifully choreographed lunch with the wait staff walking out in a procession balancing plates on their arms and serving the tables. We had selected our meals earlier and I ordered the vegetarian lasagna (I don’t think it even had any noodles, is that still lasagna?). We had rice pudding for dessert and then the dishes were whisked away by the wait staff. It was fun to watch. They all walked out together. Stopped at their tables, grabbed the dishes, and walked back together.
The landscape wasn’t as scenic between La Raya and Puno. It was more arid and foothill-ish. (Is that a word?) After lunch I walked back to the observation car. I didn’t realize the very back was open with no windows. Cool! I stood back at the railing and stuck my head out to let my hair blow in the wind. Fun! It was great for picture taking, only there wasn’t much to take pictures of. So I just stood there with my head outside hoping I wouldn’t hit anything. It got warm and sunny so I didn’t stay out long before bumping my way back down the aisle to my seat.
The train ride was a 10 hour trip, but very relaxing and enjoyable. We were served an afternoon tea with little teacakes or whatever they’re called. As we got close to Puno, we could see part of lakebed of Lake Titicaca. It was flat and salty looking. Since it was getting too dark to take photos we played a couple rounds of rummy before arriving in Puno.