Today was a travel day of sorts. I left Cusco for Puno via the Inka Express bus service. It was part expedition guide and transport to Puno. The bus was comfortable which was a big plus considering I was there for ten hours. The stops included a couple of colonial Spanish churches of significance in Southern Peru as well as an early Incan site. I didn’t quite get everything the guide mentioned about the site but I thought it rather strange since it was the first Incan site I’ve seen where it was a mixture of Adobe and stone architecture. Lunch was included and it was just okay. The best part was the flan.
The afternoon’s last stop was at Pukara. It was a small town known for their statue depictions and the bulls that are common among houses in Cusco. They were a pre-Incan civilization.
The drive was fairly smooth and the views were scenic. Arid and mountainous landscapes filled the scenes. I had my first glimpse of Lake Titicaca as the bus approach Puno. My first thought was that it was massive.
After I checked in into my hotel, I walked around the main street a bit and looked for a place to eat. I had intended to go to one of the restaurants recommended on TripAdvisor but as I approached the said location, it felt a bit sketchy so I went to the central market instead to buy the gifts for the family I will be staying at Amantani. I just grabbed a quick dinner at one of the restaurants on the main street and headed back to the hotel to prepare for my overnight trip to the island.