We left Cusco around 730am, loaded up a bus and headed out for a 7 hour journey to Puno – with Rick as our guide.
We made a stop at the archeological site of Pikillaqta. We have been visiting Incan sites and this was pre-incan. The amazing part of this site is the fact that it has been used since 5000BC
The Sistine Chapel of the Andes
We stopped at St. Peter the Apostle Church, Andahuaylillas. We were not allowed to take pictures inside but the link above takes you to a lovely video. This church acts as a community hub and feeds nearly 400 children a day, an after-school program, library all supported in part from the fees to see the church.
We continued driving through the country side seeing small farms being worked by women in tradition garb, cows and Llamas. We stopped at a rest stop at the top of a pass at 14,000 feet – the highest elevation of our trip. There were ladies selling goods and even a bathroom. You can see the top of the bathroom which had actual toilets and a man with a bucket of water that would come in after you to flush.
We made it to Puno and we stayed at the Qelqatani Hotel. It was beautiful and just a few blocks off the plaza.