Wednesday 18 June 2008

Cusco To Puno

We woke up very early this morning to catch the bus from Cusco to Puno, which islocated about 400km south east of Cusco. Puno is located on the coast of Lake Titicaca, South America's largest lake and also the world's highest navigatablelake.

This journey started at 0730hrs with 6 stops along the way. The first stop, whichis a colonial church located at Andahuaylillas. This church was build by the spaniards and it is supposingly the Sistine Chapels of The Americas. Inside this church there are variety of painting and murals dating back to the 16th and 17th century with a dash of moorish architecture.

The second stop, Raqchi, an Incan temple dedicated to Wiracocha, the supreme god of the inkas, which is build with stones and muds. On the wall of the temple, painting of the Inca cross is still visible. The wall in this temple is supossingly to divide the temple to left and right, just like Cusco is divided by Avenue Del Sol.The division line is base on the Incan astrological. The temple is located next to theinkas highway.

The next stop was lunch at Sichuani in a nice restaurant with buffet lunch served.After lunch, we were stopped at Artesanias Q'ori Choccllo, an interesting houserepresenting a home of an incan family.

On the fifth stop would be, La Raya, the highest pass from Cusco to Puno at 4,335mor approx. 14,000ft with snow peaks as the background.

The last stop would be Pukkara, an archeological site consisting of pyramid structure dating back to 4000BC and this is the first sign of civilised culture in the Peruvian history.

We arrived in Puno on schedule at 1700hrs and checked in Monterrey Hostal. Its along and tired day, luckily I had a seat to myself and had no problem sleeping throughout the way.
Tomorrow, I will be heading to La Paz if everything goes out well.

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Some photos taken today

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