|Up to see the run rise over Lake Titicaca. We were taken in the morning to the bus station to board a tourist bus about a 32 seater to travel 'The Route of the Sun'.
We had a lovely guide for the day Marita who was very knowledgeable, passionate and regimental.
Once out of Puno the scenery began to change to become slightly more green as we went, more mountains and more agriculture.
We had a few stops to do along the way which made for a busy day.
Pukara culture museum that dates back to the first century. Great to hear about all the beliefs of the ancient cultures (very mother nature -Pachamumma- and sky) and how they found ways to keep old religious ideas after the Spanish invasion and the enforcement of the Catholic region.
We stopped for a view of the La Raya pass and once again all the usual stalls and photo opportunity with alpacas.
As it was Sunday it was great to see families and community gatherings along the way.
Had a buffet lunch included in the trip and hard great entertainment with traditional music. We bought their CD.
Next stop was Raqchi temple complex, built 15th century with the wall 100 x 20 meters. It was a big religious, scientific, medical etc complex.
Our last stop for the day was the San Pedro (Saint Peter) church which is the most beautiful church I have ever seen. Sorry no photos allowed but they gave us a CD which I hope has some to show. It is known as the Sistine Chapel of the Americas and is fully painted.
We arrived into Cuzco about 5pm and were taken to our hotel, a coveted 500 yr old spanish manor.
A rep from the tour company met us to go through our Machupichu tickets and gave us some good tips for Cuzco.
A walk around the plaza de armas and a yum dinner of traditional dishes and we were done for the day.