After a great day in Cusco we slept really good and the next morning we were ready for our long trip by bus from Cusco to Puno. I think it took around 10 hours or more but I’m not sure because we had some stops and so I don’t know exactly. Well if you look it up in the internet, the distance between the two cities should be around 500 km, which could be done in around 6-7 hours. But we were slower and with a good reason.
You just have to stop, look around, do some sightseeing, eating and drinking. First we visited a church, named “San Pedro Apostol” which is located in Andahuaylillas. This church is impressive and really old. It wasn’t allowed to take photographs with or without flash. So I can’t really share this unique impression. Yeah but 1-2 photographs I have…somehow.
And of course every place of interest offers possibilities to buy stuff.
After that we went further on with the bus. After around 150km we stopped at the ruins of Raqchi. Well you could see the rest of a temple. The last signs of this old city are impressive. But unfortunately there isn’t much information about the exact time of construction.
Well this man is not really working, it is a professional model. So you pay him, if you want to have a picture.
During this Bus ride we went over a pass which is over 4.300 m high. Well obviously at this altitude it was already cold and windy – so back in the bus and forward to Puno.
On our way to Puno we passed the city Juliaca, which is the biggest city of the department of Puno, but from my point of view the city is not worth visiting. There are many parts in the city which seems to be dangerous; well you don’t see a lot of people in the streets and the entire house are closed up. But in this city there is the airport so we had to go back the next days. Another disturbing thing was that all the houses weren’t finished. It gave an ugly image to the city. Well someone explained this to us; you don’t have to pay taxes for your house when it is not finished. This why everyone lives in houses which look half ready….strange strategy of the government…
In the afternoon we finally got to Puno and were impressed about the view on the lake of Titicaca. More about this beautiful appearance on Day 6…
Cusco as I already mentioned is situated in 3.330m above sea level. For 300 years it was the center of the Incas. Today it is one of the important places of Latin America’s catholic churches.
This day we first visited the “Convento de Santo Domingo”.
Every year they celebrate the god of the sun “Inti” there. The persons have their traditional clothes one and dancing around this building. The Sun in Cusco is really important. There is one fountain, were the sun hit in the morning exactely the golden medallion above this fountain.
The building “Convento de Santo Domingo” was really interesting, the architecture, the traditional clothes, the pictures and decoration and as well there was an art exhibition inside, which was astonishing. In former times the building inhabited many gold frames and other decorations out of gold. But the Spanish people robbed almost everything out of this building as well.
After this we went to Sacsayhuamán, which is an old fortress. Moreover it is told that the fortress had religious significations. As well we had a look at Qenco, Puca Pucará and Tambo Machay.
After this little trip outside of Cusco, we went to the “Plaza de Armas” and there we went inside the church of Cusco, which is really impressive.
In the evening time we went out for dinner. It was a nice location where you could try guinea pig.
A View on Cusco.
…the trip through the history of the Inkas didn’t stop at all. The contrary, we are going to visit Machu Picchu, which was told to be a place of refuge for the Inkas. But this is not a proved fact. But anyway Machu Picchu, which was built in the 15th century, is really awesome. I mean, how is it possible to build a city at this altitude in the mountains far from anything. Well it was a good place to build a city because in the end the Spanish people didn’t find this place during the conquest of Peru.
We started our trip at the train station in Yucay. There we went with the train through the valley of Urubamba to Aguas-Calientes.
From there we went in buses up to the entrance of Machu Picchu. The time in the train was relaxing, we got some food and of course we enjoyed the landscape of the valley. It was awesome. What a pity that the pictures from the moving train weren’t that great. But some are showable.
The Bus from Aguas-Calientes went through the mountains on a small road way. But I really enjoyed my view.
But when we arrived at the entrance we were all excited to see Machu Picchu.
After all the sight-seeing tour we were really tired. As well all the up and down gave us the rest. So we had short lunch break outside. Every visitor was allowed to sign their passport with a Machu Picchu stamp. Fair enough now my passport is becoming my travel memory.
Back down in the village Augas-Calientes we did some shopping. There was an art market, too, so we bought more presents for our friends. In the night time we eventually got to Cusco. First we went with the train to Yucay and then with the Bus the rest of the distance. It was an impressive day and we learnt a lot about the Inka culture.
On this photo above a guy is trying to conserve the cultural heritage “Machu Picchu”. In all the gaps there are loads of braids and grass, which could destroy the stone walls. For that reason this hard and neverending work of this man. As well they are searching volunteers to help to conserve Machu Picchu.
After an early morning flight from Lima to Cusco with an awesome view of the Andes we finally got the chance to see more from Peru. In Cusco we only had a quick stop to drink some Coca tea. This was necessary because we were afraid of the illness of altitude (here it is called: “Soroche”). Cusco is situated in 3.330 m of altitude.
On our way to the Inca ruins in Ollantaytambo we stopped a lot of times for taking picture, visiting a museum, which is called “Awanakancha” and a traditional art market. On the typical tourist stops you find a lot of people in traditional clothes. They want of course some money if you take a picture of them. But still it is nice.
The museum “Awanankancha”:
The traditional market:
The Inca ruins were really great. It is said that the God of the Incas leaded his people to build these city Ollantaytambo. This is one of the ruins which remained to demonstrate the construction of an Inca city. The technique to form and cut stones is very impressive, as well the construction of the walls. The Incas mainly used the trapeze form for windows or the stones it selves. The walls were built really well, the Incas gave every stone another form and built to every form a complement. This works like a big puzzle. So everything fits to another and is stable.
It was a very interesting visit. More of this technique we were going to see at Machu Picchu.
The next day we needed to get up early too because we had to take the train to the Machu Picchu.
Beginning of the round trip “Lima – Cusco – Puno”
First trip out of the country Colombia – and still, Colombia offers more…But now a short break in Peru. Of course we took the easy option: we went by plane to Lima, the capital city of Peru.
The flight from Bogotá to Peru was awesome because every seat had its own TV, so I was watching movie during the flight time. As well we got a whole meal and drinks, so luxury we had yes. But of course every time you like to enter another country, well at least in South America; you have to fill out a form paper saying what you doing there, what you want to bring in and so on. Well this kind of form paper is really annoying but well we filled it out during the flight. What a mistake! The flight only was around 3 hours or less and so I missed the end of my movie. Only 5 minutes were left, but I just spend too much time with eating and writing. But well at least the flight felt really short and when we entered the terminal in Lima we were all surprised how clean and neat everything was. So I’m hoping that Bogotá will improve its airport soon.
From the airport we went straight to our hotel. We were taking the coast road, a road besides the coast obviously. Surprisingly at the coastline there were a lot of “beach”-work going on. The beach there was being rebuilt and supported in many section. The sea is eating everything.
The first day wasn’t specular. We only had a short walk in the quarter “Miraflores”. There you can find a lot of Casinos. Well we preferred not to play with our luck, so we only went for some food. I had the bad idea to order Ceviche, what is typical in Peru. I tried Ceviche one time before in Colombia and I liked it. So when the waiter asked me “Are you sure what you doing?” I said “Sure I’m. I ate this once before.” Well I got my dinner, it was good, butter after 3 spoons of it, and I had to stop. It was just too acid and hot. Next time I will order a moderate tourist Ceviche…
The next morning we got up really early to start our round trip to Cusco, the Inca ruins in Ollantaytambo, Machu Picchu and the lake of Titica.