Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Chivay To Puno

So we took the tourist bus...interpretation, stops to see sights...from Chivay to Puno and Lake Titicaca. Only there aren't many sights, and the weather was pretty inclement much of the way. At 12,500 feet, Puno is the highest we'd be sleeping, but we were pleased to be in a really nice hotel, with heat.
The morning of our departure we could see the mountains quite

Including Ampato, now clad in snow, and Sabancayo, still
smoking ominously

Ominously; at least blowing the other direction today

Leaving Chivay

Higher up, snow

Wintry mix

Last sight of Chivay and Colca Valley

No one wanted to stop at the mirador or look at the cairns at
15,000 feet

Now we are on the altiplano...really, really high plains of the

No lack of truck traffic

Flamingo at 14,000 feet

Assorted camelids

Baby camelid

Passing through Juliaca, which wins the prize for ugliest city
(300,000) in Peru

At least they have handsome fiberglass shell tuk-tuks for taxis

We were just glad to get to our room at the Hacienda Puno,
although the next day's tour operator had left a message for us
to be ready for pick-up at 7AM

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