Puno to Cusco

We took the tourist bus from Puno to Cusco, which stopped at several different interesting places along the way. Our first stop was at an archaeological museum which was quite small but interesting.  Our guide was a very enthusiastic woman, who spoke at top speed in both English and Spanish – we think we got most of what she was saying!

At the museum

Our next stop was at the highest point on the road, where we (and all the other tour buses) could take photos of the mountains.  It was interesting being part of a tour – lots of our other travel up until now had been independent and it was quite different travelling as part of a big group with a guide with prescribed time frames. It was good to learn more but it definitely had a different feel.

At the highest point

We stopped for a buffet lunch next to a waterfall, with llamas wandering around that we could take photos of.  Actually, they may have been alpacas…I am not very good at telling the two apart!

Karen with alpaca

Our next stop was at the archaeological site of Raqchi, which was really interesting to wander through and see some of the ruins from the Inca site.

Reuben at Raqchi

Our final stop was the church of San Pedro – it is supposed to have an amazing ceiling but since most of it was being renovated it was a little underwhelming!

Church of San Pedro

We were excited to arrive in Cusco, where we had planned to spend a week or so staying with our friend Bronwyn. It’s always great staying with friends as you get a totally different feel for a place.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Julie Bunnell says:

    Did you touch the Alpaca? Or are they skittish like sheep?

    And good to see you representing New Zealand’s indigenous language to the rest of the world!


  2. Lachlan says:

    Hi Karen and Reuben

    I too am not so good at telling Alpacas and Llamas apart; however, I do know that Llamas are pretty substantial animals. (I also know that Alpacas taste quite delicious, but am not sure about the taste of Llamas.)

    I must say that I am really enjoying your blogs – they are concise and have lots of pictures!



  3. Kate says:

    I think it’s a llama, but it’s not like I’m particularly adept at telling the difference. Anyway, alpacas are smaller than llamas, and have a softer, finer coat, so make of that what you will.


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