November 2, 2005
After waking up and packing up all of my stuff, I said goodbye to Cusco this morning. I had been in the area for almost two weeks, so it felt good to move on.
The bus ride to Puno was really long and slow. I went during the day because I thought it would only take six hours, but it actually ended up taking eight. The bus kept moving extremely slowly, like 20 MPH down the open road. I knew we were on a slight incline, but I still didn't understand why we would be going so slowly. Then I saw a sign that listed our altitude: 4100 meters (13,451 feet). I didn't even realize they had roads that high! Cusco sits at 3300 meters (10,827 feet), so I guess the incline was a little steeper than I thought. After spending most of my day in the bus, I finally arrived in Puno.
As soon as I got into town, I found a place to stay and set up a tour of the islands of Lake Titicaca for the next two days. I will be staying in a local islander's house overnight, so it should be an interesting experience. I will continue to Copacabana, Bolivia on Saturday.