Friday 27th June 2014
Cusco to Puno, Peru
Today we left Cusco after being in this area for 10 days. We stayed all but one night in our hotel in Cusco. The one night we spent out of Cusco was at Aguas Calientes, when we visited Machu Picchu. We had breakfast in the hotel, packed our bags and we were transported to the truck park where we loaded them all onto our new truck "Frank". This truck has the same number of seats with a slightly different configuration to Magaly, our previous truck, but we only have 2 more days driving in the truck on this trip which finishes for us in La Paz on 30th June. All except one of the other people on the truck are going on to Rio de Janeiro. We set off from the truck park at about 9:00am and drove to the south through the beautiful valley of the Rio Vilcanota. The day is fine and cool (about 15-16C) as we climb slowly towards Lake Titicaca across the altiplano (high plains - where the altitude is 3,500 - 4,600 metres above sea level) - Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world at 3,812 metres above sea level. The countryside is dry looking and washed out greeny brown colour up steep sided high mountains, some of which have snow on the peaks. It is the dry season (April-November) so it is to be expected. Crops (corn and other grains) are drying in the sun and it is a beautiful part of the world. We arrived in Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca, at around 5:00pm and checked into our hotel after being transferred in a small bus from the truck park and shortly afterwards all went out with our tour leader Izabela to the markets to buy a gift for the people we are staying with tomorrow on the island in the lake. We then went out to dinner in the town and were home by around 9:00pm. A very cold evening.