Cusco to Puno

We were in Cusco and we drove down to Puno. Puno is a town on the edge of Lake Titicaca. On the drive there we passed the second highest point on the trip at 4300m. Quite surreal being at that height and it looks just like any other spot in the countryside.

We were only there for a two nights. First stop was a rather bizarre park that overlooked the city. It had two large snakes you could walk through as well as a giant puma you stepped up between its front legs to a lookout. That place also was where the photos of everyone being Peruvian natives were taken.

Puno, to be honest, is not the most exciting city. Except, when we arrived everyone was celebrating. We tried finding out what was being celebrated and were just told that they always celebrate in February... except this was now March, but it was great, every so often a big group of people would go dancing past, complete with their own band. I really want my own band to follow me around.

In the morning we leapt up and headed for Lake Titicaca, then in the evening, after dinner we visited a nightclub where everyone got tattoos drawn on their arms. Nothing like a bit of art and culture to raise and evening.

Leaving Cusco and heading for Puno
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We hit the snow line!
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And saw a cute lamb
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Looking down the valley pass
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Me at Abra la Raya pass
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And another one at the pass
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Abra la Raya pass - 4338m above sea level
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And just in case you don't believe me, here is a sign
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Some of the stalls you find everywhere when you're a tourist
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Another stall
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Looking back towards Cusco - 3m downhill already apparently
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Parque Mirador de Puma at Puno
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Me with Puno in the background
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This is why its called Parque Mirador de Puma
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Manuel and Netsumi in Puno
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Heather and Ralph, they're a natural couple
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Manuel and Tina
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We arrived in Puno during one of the (many) festivals
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Puno Cathedral from the main square
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This group of dancers was going for hours
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Back and forth, up and down the streets
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Apparently they won a main prize
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And wanted to show it off
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Everyone about to head down to Lake Titicaca
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Tina and myself travelling in style
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A stealth picture of a local with her huge backpack of stuff
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Our cultural moment with a university group showing local dances from different areas of Peru
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Then we went to the Positive Rock 'n Raeggae bar
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Where you can draw notes and leave them on the wall
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So we left our mark
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Jansen getting his tattoo
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Netsumi's turn now
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