On the Road to Lake Titicaca
Trip Start May 24, 2008
15Trip End Jun 08, 2008
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Abras la Raya
Between Andeahuaylillas and our next stop the bus did stop briefly to pick up some local bread which tasted quite sweet. When we finally did stop it was at a pre-Inca settlement called Raqchi which was later improved upon by the Incas. The settlement at Raqchi was once a temple of Viracocha (also spelt as Wiracocha in some places), the creator of civilisation in Inca mythology. At this site there is a high wall, and various smaller walls and graneries surviving
After leaving we drove to the highest point on the road to Puno, Abras la Raya which was approximately 4,335 metres (1,321 feet) above sea level. The view from this stop was equally as amazing as the many views we'd already seen on this trip. In the distance their were glacial mountains, and between us and them was the railway that ran to Machu Picchu.
After this we made on further stop before Puno at a place called Puca Pacara. It was here where there was the only church we had permission to take photographs inside of though it was a bit rundown.
Eventually we reached Puno and it didn't look a very nice place even though it had a good view of Lake Titicaca. We probably thought this because of how long we'd been travelling for. The hotel, Casona Plaza looked very nice inside although it had no view of the lake and was noist; at least it was somewhere to stay until we were ready to go out onto the lake the next day.