Jul 13 11

Puno to Cuzco

by Emily Benjamin

All aboard the Inka Express! Although, it’s not actually express. You can get a real express bus between Puno and Cuzco and it will take you about 6 hours. Our bus took 10 hours – but with fantastic stops along the way, and a yum buffet lunch. We set off from Puno at 7.30am and stopped first at Pukara, for a museum of Inca carvings and relicts. Second stop, La Raya, to see the highest point so far at 4300m above sea level. A quick lunch before setting off for the next two stops – Raqchi and¬†Andahuaylillas. Raqchi is the remains of an old Inca village, set between the mountains.¬†Andahuaylillas is famous for it’s church, which although it is undergoing repair and renovation, was still lovely. And with those four great stops, it was back on board and into Cuzco, for our last days of rest before our Machu Picchu trek!

 

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Jul 12 11

Puno, Uros and Taquile

by Emily Benjamin

I couldn’t believe we were in Puno already. We had been arranging our tour of Peru for almost a year, through Adios Adventure Travel. For the record, they have been amazing – creating a tailor made holiday for us that includes all the big sites, dates and locations that we requested, and lovely, knowledgeable guides. I can’t recommend them highly enough. And it’s only been 4 days so far! Our first stop was in Puno, approximately 4 hours from Copacabana in Bolivia. Here we got a quick tour of the city before a delicious dinner, and an early night to prepare us for the next day – a full day out on Lake Titicaca. In the morning we visited the reed islands of Uros, and were ‘welcomed aboard’ the floating home to 10 local families. The sun was warm but there was ice on the seats – I can only imagine how cold it must get out here during the night! By lunch, we were on Taquile, taking a short trek around the island before a delicious local lunch. It was a full, awesome day, and a great start to our time in Peru.

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