Puno to Cusco Bus Trip

Trip Start Dec 27, 2011
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Trip End Mar 04, 2012


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Friday, January 20, 2012

The bus ride from Puno to Cusco is usually a boring 8 drive during the day which we were not looking forward to...so we decided to book a tourist bus ( turismo mer) instead which is more expensive but meant we got to stop and see lots of sights on the way as well as a buffet lunch.  The tour started nice and early a 7am leaving the shores of Lake Titicaca in Puno. We had a crew of 3 from the bus company the driver, the waitress and the tour guide, the guide spoke excellent English which we were happy about as it made life slightly easier. Our first stop was the town called Pukara where we stopped to see the Lityc Museum which showcased a lot of archeological remained and ceramics, the town itself was very small and depended a lot on the tourist trade coming through.  
After each stop our waitress would bring us a hot or cold drink which was excellent but we were a little coca tea'd out by the end of the day! Our next destination was a spot called La Raya which got us back to 4335m above sea level and was the highest point of the trip at this point we saw some amazing mountain ranges covered in snow and were harassed by locals to buy there goods or to have a photo with their alpacas, but the hot coca tea on board was once again gold!
Next stop - buffet lunch in the country side surrounded by feisty llamas who were sick of having their photos taken so much so that one kicked a lady in the head! Back to lunch it was pretty good for a buffet as their was a good range of Peruvian dishes that we could try (no guinea pig though, we will have to wait for Cusco for that), there were also some nice waterfalls at the lunch spot.  Our favorite destination of they day was next, Raqchi it was our first taste of some Inca ruins, it was a massive archeological complex where the great temple was dedicated to the god wiracocha it was such a maze that you could easily have gotten lost in the ruins, Dave even found some prime planking positions.  Our last stop for the day was Andahuayilla where the little churches of St Peter and St Pauls are and they are commonly known as South Americas Sistine Chapel as the inside the decorations are very similar and the ceiling is painted the same, there was a festival also happening outside the church and the whole town was participating with many stalls and lost if drunk men dressed up and dancing around, one of them grabbed Adel and started dancing with her and spinning her around, also kissing her on the lips and telling her he loved her, then his friend came over to join in on the action and were tousling for her affection.  Our final destination for the day was Cusco which will be our base for the next couple of weeks as we head on the Inca Trek and to the Amazon.

We are staying at the famous Wild Rover once again in Cusco so we can get some partying in, the hostel is fairly big and the bar was much bigger than the on in La Paz. We hit the town before the bar to grab some local cuisine we found a place called Inca Grill which was recommended on tripadvisor.. It is a little touristy but the food was amazing, Adel triedthe trout and mushroom cherviche and pepper steak and Dave had the beef carparccio and the Alpaca Steak-food is awesome and we highly recommend !
Back to the bar we headed out with our room mates for a few bevvies and a boogie, it was a great night Dave was found at 130am passed out in the room and could not be woken out of his coma while Adel kicked on in town and some how came home with pub crawl wristband at the wee hours of the morning... Oh Cusco you could be dangerous!
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