The Petryk's Round-The-World Adventure 2007/2008 travel blog

....at LaCasona Hotel in Puno....(1)

....at LaCasona Hotel in Puno....(2)

....at LaCasona Hotel in Puno....(3)

....a canola field..."weeds" to the Peruvians....

....municipal hall in the town of Pucara....

....sheep grazing in the countryside near Pucara....

....llamas in the countryside near Pucara....(1)

....llamas in the countryside near Pucara....(2)

....llamas in the countryside near Pucara....(3)

....the Peruvian countryside near Abra La Raya....(1)

....the Peruvian countryside near Abra La Raya....(2)

....the Peruvian countryside near Abra La Raya....(3)

....a church in the Peuvian countryside....

....snow-capped Mt. Chinboya....

....vendors at Abra La Raya pass....

...more llamas by the side of the road....

....the Inca gate at Rumicolca....(1)

....the Inca gate at Rumicolca....(2)

....the Inca gate at Rumicolca....(3)

....the Inca gate at Rumicolca....(4)

....the fountain at Plaza de Armas in front of Iglesia de La...

....La Catedral in Cuzco....

....a woman knitting in the Plaza de Armas in Cuzco....

....buildings around the Plaza de Armas....(1)

....buildings around the Plaza de Armas....(2)


This morning we retraced our tracks across the vast semi-barren plateau atop the mountains that holds Puno and Lake Titicaca, South America’s largest lake and the largest lake in the world above 2,000 metres and the small towns in the area back to Juliaca and then continued northwest stopping in Pucara, a small town renowned for its ceramic bulls that are placed in pairs, usually with a cross between them, on Andean rooftops for good luck...we strolled thru the small town market before getting back on the bus and making our way thru the “Abra La Raya” pass, the highest point on the trek to Cuzco at 4,335 metres from where we could see the snow-capped peak of Mt. Chinboya... we made our way down into the valley on the other side of the pass and saw the landscape change dramatically....there were actually trees along with significant agricultural production in this part of Peru...we stopped in Sicuani for lunch and then at “Rumicolca”, a huge Inca gate and ancient check-in point for the Incas as they traveled to Cuzco and thru the Sacred Valley...we spent the night at Tupac Yupanqui Palace in Cuzco after having spent some time in the afternoon checking out the Plaza De Armas and a few of the shops in and around the area as well as La Catedral with Iglesia de Jesus Maria dating from 1733 on its left and Iglesia de El Triunfo on the right which was built in 1536 and is the oldest church in Cuzco...adjacent on the southeast side of the Plaza is Iglesia de La Compania whose foundation contains stones from the palace of the Inca leader, Huayana Capac...

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