Magical Peru #19: Travelling by bus from Puno to Cusco [Part 2 of 2]

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Please watch the first part of this bus trip here: http://youtu.be/JSQDhK92xBc
And our day in Cusco here: http://youtu.be/-MD_Ly4EqiQ

We woke up very early in Puno to hop on a Cruz del Sur bus heading to Cusco!
It is a touristic service so we stopped a few times in small towns and archaeological sites, and the bus trip took the whole day.
On the first video we stopped by Pukará (or Pucará), a little but ancient “pueblo”, with a 2,400 years-history. A couple of hours later we stopped by the border between the departments of Puno and Cusco, at 4,338 meters above sea level.

On this video we pass by the Inca ruins of Rachi and the San Pedro de Andahuaylillas, the Sistine Chapel of the Americas, before arriving in Cusco by the end of the day!

Puno is in southeastern Peru, located on the shore of Lake Titicaca. It is the capital city of the Puno Region and the Puno Province with a population of approximately 100,000. The city was established in 1668 by viceroy Pedro Antonio Fernández de Castro as capital of the province of Paucarcolla with the name San Juan Bautista de Puno. Puno has several churches dating back from the colonial period; they were built to service the Spanish population and evangelize the natives. Lake Titicaca (Spanish: Lago Titicaca) is a lake in the Andes on the border of Peru and Bolivia. By volume of water, it is the largest lake in South America. It is often called the highest navigable lake in the world, with a surface elevation of 3,812 m (12,507 ft).

Cusco (often spelled Cuzco) is in southeastern Peru, near the Urubamba Valley of the Andes mountain range. It is the capital of the Cusco Region as well as the Cuzco Province. In 2007, the city had a population of 358,935. Located on the eastern end of the Knot of Cuzco, its elevation is around 3,400 m (11,200 ft). Cusco was the site of the historic capital of the Inca Empire and was declared a World Heritage Site in 1983 by UNESCO. It is a major tourist destination and receives almost 2 million visitors a year. It is designated as the Historical Capital of Peru by the Constitution of Peru.

When we first arrived in Peru, we spent a couple of weeks studying Spanish in Lima (please watch the vlog Living in Lima) then we headed to the North of Peru and visited Trujillo, Chiclayo and some archaeological sites, such as tombs, pyramids and ancient cities. On the South of Peru, our first stop was in Arequipa, and then we headed to Chivay and its thermal pools (La Calera hot springs) and the Colca Canyon, to do a canyon tour. Now, we go to the country side: Puno, Lake Titicaca, Cusco, Machu Pichu and so on…

On the next video we will explore the ancient capital of the Inca empire: Cusco!

Brasileiro no Peru —
Após passar algumas semanas apenas em Lima estudando espanhol e conhecendo o que a capital peruana tem a oferecer, nós partimos para explorar o país. Começando pela região Norte, fomos até Trujillo, Chiclayo, Huanchaco, Huacas del Sol e de la Luna, Chan Chan e o sítio arqueológico da Tumba do Lorde Sipán. Depois, descemos pelo Sul do Perú, em lugares como Arequipa, Chivay, Cânion de Colca, Puno e Lago Titicaca, e terminamos nossa jornada no interior, em Cusco, no Vale Sagrado e em Machu Pichu.

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