Cusco to Puno

The next day I got up at 5 am, got ready, had breakfast, left my big bag at the hotel, and took a taxi to the office of Inka Express. The coach to Puno left at 7 am and stopped five times on the way. First at the church of Andahuaylillas, the “Sistine Chapel of the Andes”, where I bought a necklace at the shop next door.

Then we went to the Inka archeological site Raqch’i, also known as the Temple of Wiracocha.

During buffet lunch at the third stop I got to know two other single travellers, a woman from Uruguay and a German from Hamburg. In the afternoon we had a few minutes at La Raya, the highest point of the Anden pass at 4350 m,

and the last stop was the museum of Pukara.

As the bus station in Puno was further away from my hostel as I thought, I shared a taxi with the German guy. After checking into our respective hotels, we met for dinner.

On Friday 1st June, I explored not so beautiful Puno,

and in the afternoon I joined a group for a visit to Sillustani, a pre-Incan cemetery on the shores of Lake Umayo.

The tombs are called chullpas and are tower-like structures above ground.

Back in Puno after a delicious dinner I bumped into a very colourful and, unlike in Antigua, very joyful procession.