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Everyone loves a parade!


Puno Cathedral in the main square


Representing different groups from Puno...

...the adults

...and the kids!



Ann jumps in

Toddlers in tiarras?



Which way to the podium?

Ready to start

The dignitaries arrive

This dignitary is not impressed

During the national anthem


Late comers after church


The parade begins

Just learning...


Puno pedestrian mall


The many faces of the alpaca











On duty as a lawn mower


Flying to Arequipa

Desert canyons

Arequipa cathedral

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A Parade

After breakfast, we grabbed a taxi into town and found the main plaza full of people waiting for a parade and ceremony (something about celebrating schools and education). We joined the rest of the crowd lining the streets around the plaza and enjoyed the pomp. The kids were hilarious, dressed up in their uniforms and trying be very serious as they marched. Puno isn't the most attractive city but the main square and Cathedral are pretty and there is a nice pedestrian mall with shops, restaurants and coffee shops. We returned to the hotel where some friendly Alpaca lawn mowers were happy to ham it up for the cameras (and no spitting, even when we got close!). Then we hopped in a van for the one hour drive to catch our flight to Arequipa, the second largest city in Peru after Lima. It was a quick, one hour flight and we flew over desert, canyons and past volcanoes. We're spending one night here at a hotel on the main plaza, an uninspiring chain hotel but in a great location with a nice view of the Cathedral. We've arranged a private van and driver to pick us up tomorrow and drive us to our next stop, the Colca Canyon.

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