We leave Puno after breakfast. We will be driven across the Altiplano to arrive in Cusco in the early evening. The word Altiplano is the Spanish for high plain and in this case it is the area where the Andes are the widest. It is the most extensive area of high plateau on Earth outside Tibet.
We drive through sleepy villages and stop in Pukara, a small town known across Peru for its archeologic site of Pukara. Opposite Santa Isabel, perched on the Plaza de Armas, is a small local museum with interesting exhibits and it appears that Pukara is the centre for the production of the ceramic cow decorations. Known as “Torito de Pucara” they are placed for good luck, crop and livestock fertility and of course to bring prosperity.
Our next stop is Rach’i, an Inca archaeological site. This site was built by the Incas as a control point on the main road originating from Cusco and ran to two other sections of the Inca Empire. It has a lot of buildings and ruins but the most important one is the Temple of Wiracocha. Wiracocha was according to Inca beliefs to be a giver of life, the creator god that according to mythology created the sun and moon.
We enjoy typical Peruvian food in the form of a buffet in the town of Sicuani.
We visit the white washed church of San Pedro Apostol in Andahuaylillas. The dazzling collection of colourful murals, coffered and painted ceilings and an ornate gold-leaf altar, earned it the name of The Sistine Chapel of the Andes.
We arrive in Cusco just as the Sun finished its “Good Night” display. It was a long and exciting day and we are happy to check into Wakapunku Boutique Hotel.