Trip to Puno
This morning we caught a tour bus from Cusco to Puno. A very nice bus, with tea, coffee, and soft drinks service after each stop on the trip. We left at about 7:30 a.m. and arrived in Puno at around 5:00 p.m. It's a long trip and the bus can't go faster than 85 kph. The tour guide was informative, but because he had to say everything in English and Spanish, it sometimes got a little tiring waiting for the next installment we could understand. We stopped at a Catholic church in a little town that is called the Sistine Chapel of the Americas, because it has so many paintings and gold leaf, etc. Then at another town, we visited some different style Inca ruins, which was interesting. We stopped at a restaurant for a buffet lunch and then on to the highest point on the road, La Raya, at 4313 meters above sea level. Then there was one more tiny museum to stop at, primarily to give us a break, I think. And we finally arrived in Puno. I found travelling across the high plateau amazing. It is up so high and is so flat!!Even southern Saskatchewan may not be so flat. Of course, having the mountains as a back drop to the flatness, seems to emphasize it. People live up so high with their herds of sheep, cattle, lamas, and alpacas. It seems they go out with their herd in the morning, spend the day out with them, and then take them home again later. Over and over, I saw a couple sitting in the field watching their herd or else moving them from one spot to another. I even saw a woman with her herd of sheep spinning with a drop spindle as she stood there. Unfortunately, that went by too fast for me to get a picture, but I will never forget it! These women carry a child or else supplies on their backs, walk for miles with their animals, and spin or knit as they do it. Incredible!