Travel to Cusco
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There are a few options in getting from Puno to
We booked in with a company called “First Class” after leaving our hotel (and getting a funny little gift • tasteless really). There were a few unusual things about the tour:
· There were only 6 other people on the bus with us,
· The tour guide was a rather strange woman who kept repeating herself and spoke rather broken English, and
· The bus was a Volkswagen • never seen one of these anywhere else.
The first stop was at a museum at Tukara. Unfortunately we did not get to see the actual archaeological site, but the museum does have some interesting things too:
· The culture was quite big on decapitation so the main statue is a guy holding a severed head • nice.
· The produce little bulls about 15cm high which people put on their roof (next to the Christian cross) for good luck • these are visible throughout the region.
· They worshiped the catfish, so there are statues with catfish engravings!
The road from Puno to
From there, we went through the highest point on the journey at over 4,000m where they stopped to allow us to laugh at people buying tasteless, fluffy llama hats and other strange items.
After lunch at a usual tourist trap, we went on to a little spot where we could feed llamas, alpacas and vicunas (the gunaco was sick). Very cute. The vicuna was still suckling on a bottle and the fur is incredibly soft. Strangely there were a couple of shops selling artisan wares again • surprise.
Raqchi (pronounced rugh-chi) was an impressive stop. The structures are some of the largest walls built. On the way out there was a wedding procession with lots of dancing (and guys carrying beers) which looked like they were having a lot of fun. At the obligatory market outside they also had something which may beat the pan flute as the most annoying gift to give a child going onto an aeroplane - a whistle that makes bird noises.
Our last stop was at Andahuaylillas where there is a old Jesuit church with beautiful frescoes, paintings and engravings. Inside, on one side of the entrance is a painting of the route to heaven and on the other side of the door is a painting of the route to hell.
Our arrival in
After dropping our stuff, we took a walk to the plaza to get a bite to eat.
The plaza is beautiful at night and always seems to have some activity, day or night.