We had a long bus ride from Cuzco to Puno (10 hours). Luckily it was broken up with a few stops. We stopped in Andahuaylilas (first 4 pictures) to go to San Pedro Apostle church. It is called the Sistine Chapel of the Andes which unfortunately we cannot show you because no pictures were allowed inside the church. It was quite beautiful inside and like many churches in Spain, every inch of it was decorated.
Our next stop was Raqch’i (pictures 5 – 13) . The Inka site at Raqch’i was a primary control point on a road system that originated in Cusco and expanded as the Inka empire grew. Most of the Inka structures are enclosed by a 4 km-long perimeter wall, but just outside it, on the Inka road that entered Raqch’i from Cusco, an enclosure with eight rectangular buildings around a large courtyard was probably a tampu (a lodging house for travelers). The remains of the temple and food storage buildings once again show what great architects the Incas were.
We stopped at the continental divide at a point of over 14,000 feet. There was a small market there – one more chance for Leslie to spend money while Don got to take pictures. Our last stop was Pucara where they make the good luck bulls. We mentioned them in another blog. People get them as gifts and they put them on top of their houses to bring them good luck.