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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.