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Day 5 of this trip , another early start as we were taking a 7 am bus to Puno. Our dear friend Omar picked us up one last time and dropped us at the bus terminal . At 7 am sharp we were leaving Cusco on the Inkaexpress.
The first stop along the route was at Andahuaylillas were there is a 16th century church that locals consider as the …
... very congested with dust and rubbish everywhere with a very high crime rate. We're very glad to be passing through with no stops! We arrive in the evening at Puno, a high, chilly town on the shores of Lake Titicaca. And head out for dinner at a local restaurant : we tried the local delicacy "cuy" which is deep fried guinea pig ! When it came out it looked liked road ...
... about it, but it was also pretty miserable outside. We got back on our bus and made a visit to one of the many local altiplano farms, where we frolicked with the alpacas and learned about the crops grown in this region, often for subsistence purposes only. One of the most interesting foods we learned about was an edible clay that supplements the locals' diet, providing essential vitamins and nutrients. Dennis and I both got to try it, and it ...
... that they normally do not want to be photographed. We eventually all hopped onto the boat for a little tour around the islands, where we learned that the president of the Uros people of course spoke Spanish and was actually trying to learn English. He proved that they use little tricks to stay somewhat connected to the world around them. They have a little speed boat they can use for emergencies and they have a radio which allowed him to discuss the different results ...
... won was in Brazil ;) Living through the ups and downs of the World Cup final also means you make friends very easy :) so we went to dinner with the German couple that had been suffering and celebrating next to and with us before hitting the sack early. Surprisingly all the Germans we had met so far on our travels hadn't made it to Puno so that the quiet city didn't seem like the best place to celebrate this epic win on our own. Uros people, amantani, ...