The road from Puno to Cusco is a true feast for the eyes and the soul. It is a 2-hour drive by bus and the locals call it The Route of The Sun. Traveling by a tourist bus is a unique opportunity to avoid experiencing the tedium of the long journey and instead visit key places for the Peruvian history from the time before the Incas. We started with a visit to Pucara Museum, where one can see prehistoric symbols. After that we saw the Raya passage situated at an altitude of 4335 m with great views.
We descended towards the little village of Sicuani where you can immerse yourself in the greenery of the mountain, the tiny waterfall, Peruvian live music and a tasty lunch. Having replenished our strength, we visited the Inca archaeological site Raqchi. The famous Inca Trail passes through there and you can see the ruins of the Temple of Wiracocha as well.
Lastly, we pass through Andahuaylillas District where we visited a huge cathedral whose interior was all plated in gold. Taking photos is prohibited. And so, we arrived in Cusco, the biggest city near the famous Machu Picchu. Here is how we spend our time:
It all started with a bit of a morning run through the bus stations in Puno. In the nick of time we found the right one, even though not everyone on the way there was helpful. In the end it was worth it – the bus was modern, there was wi-fi and we were constantly served tea, coffee and soft drinks.
Some of our favorite rocks and our favorite history:
…taking care of pets.
… family that works the swamp together, stays together.
…and those who sell them things…
Some Cusco in the night
…where each of the queen beds was as big as one of our kings at home.
…where it is never completely dark…
Let’s go to bed, because Machu Picchu would require much of our energy before charging us with its own.
This article was brought to you in English by Marta Petrova.
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