Paul & Cherie Peru Trip 2011 travel blog

Small village on the way to Puno

Plaza de Armas in a small village

Woman cleaning the street

Trying to rehydrate the nasal tissues. Very dry and dusty!

The Pampas - a plain at elevation

Lake Sakani where we saw the red and white flamingoes.

Peruvian school kids on a graduation trip. They wanted a picture of...

Lake Lagunillas

Common wildlife that could be seen here.

Pedestrian area in Puno.

Puno beside Lake Titicaca.

Busy street in Puno.

Approaching Puno. Lake Titicaca in the background.

The lobby outside our room in Puno.

Artwork in the lobby goes up 5 stories!

Making Coca leaf tea to help stop altitude sickness.

One of the 3 beds in our room!

Local vendor.

A building being constructed beside our hotel.

A view from the restaurant at the top of the hotel.

Other view of Puno from the roof top.

A typical street in Puno. Nice stonework for the sidewalks.


PUNO

Early start again. Up at 6:30 am. On the road to Puno by 7:30 am. On the bus we were singing to songs of Tina Turner and Madona. We are passing through the pampas again. We stopped to have a triple tea. It had coca leaves for altitude sickness, muna for stomach cramps and gas, and chachacoma to avoid headaches. We drank the tea outside while viewing the mountains: Misti, Pichu Pichu and Chachani. There definitely was more snow at their tops.

Peruvian school kids from grade 6 on a graduation trip were there too. They were practicing their english with us. They were so excited to see us. They were from a private school and were richer. They had cell phones and cameras of their own. They were taking pictures of us!

We stopped at Lake Sakani (4450m). The flamingoes were migrating and stopped to feed in this lake. These flamingoes have red, white and red markings on their wings. The Peruvians used these colours to design their country's flag.

Some areas were still quite arid. We saw some huge dust devils. We stopped at another large lake called Lake Lagunillas (4413m). We didnĀ“t see any wildlife there. Our highway was following a river and flamingoes could be seen feeding in the river.

The closer we got to Puno, the more vegetation there was. As a result, we saw more cattle grazing. The cattle are leashed with ropes to a stake in the ground since there are no fences.

We passed through Juliaca. It is a clay brick processing town. The soil has very red clay. There are square brick buildings where they bake the bricks.

We finally arrive in Puno. This city was founded in 1668. The spanish converted the indigenous people to christianity and built several churches. There is a legend that claims there are tunnels in a hill in Puno that connects it with the Koricancha Temple in Cusco.

Puno melds the 2 ancient Andean civilizations of the Aymara from the south and the Quechua from the north with colonial influences. The result is a rich diversity of high-spirited folkloric festivals, often hailed as the best in all of Peru.



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