Titicaca Lake from the other side – from the Bolivian side; also very impressive and beautiful to see.
Quite amazing is the way buses, cars and trucks are going to be transferred from one side to another… some people told us, that sometimes, buses will fall over and go down to the ground; but not that often 😉
We arrived at Titicaca Lake at early afternoon, had a cocktail and an boat trip. There are some islands to visit, but nothing worth to see. Enjoy the lake view and thats ist…
We visited the Titicaca lake from both sides – Peru and Bolivia.
Raqchi Temple is on the way between Cusco an Bolivia; it is one of the nicest Inka temples in Peru, but in a very hot are – around 42°C…
When you drive further down to Bolivia ( El Alto, La Paz) you will pass the mountains again and reach again more than 4.000 meters above sea level.
A very nice highlight on the way to Bolivia is the crossing of the Titicaca lake with the bus. You will see that in the next blog post.
Another early morning today, we woke up at 4 am to reach Machu Picchu before noon.
We drove down to the train station and took the train up to Machu Picchu. The train ride was about 90 min.
There are several ways to reach Machu Picchu; you can walk up the road, take the bus – or walk the Inka trail – and in that case, you will walk down to Machu Picchu as the Inka Trail is a bit higher compared to Machu Picchu.
The Machu Picchu itself is not a very nice area as the guides an the staff itself is very unfriendly, very rude and pushing thousands of people through the ruins per day. Unfriendly people but amazing view…
As already explained, Cusco in Peru is a very good destination to travel around in Peru as there are so many things to see in the close area (approx 3-4 hours with car / bus).
If you are in Cusco, get up at 3 am and travel to Rainbow Mountain. This will be a 3 hour drive from 3.500 meters above sea level up to 4.200 meters above sea level.
From 4.200 meters above sea level, you will hike up to 5.100 meters above sea level.
Due to the altitude of more than 5.000 meters, this journey is very exhausting, but absolutely worth to do it.
If you are in a good shape, you will not need any oxygen, but to be honest, a lot of people needed that.
We came back at 7 o’clock pm to Cusco for a dinner and felt into bed as the next morning was also an early one to reach Machu Picchu before noon…
Cusco itself is very beautiful city with very old buildings and beautiful old town. Small stores everywhere and a lot of people on the street, selling Alpaca clothes, Coca leafs and other stuff.
Cusco is also the place to start a lot of journeys to some Inca places like Machu Picchu or into the mountains – like Rainbow Mountain – what you will see within the next blog posts.
We have been there in November – spring time in the southern hemisphere – but still very cold during night.
The next day started very early at 3 am in the morning with the climb up to Rainbow Mountain.
A couple of weeks ago we started with our South America trip, flying from Frankfurt to Sao Paulo and had the first stop in Lima / Peru. We only stayed there for one day as Peru has so many things to explore and Lima is just the point to enter Peru.
So we took a couple of hours to see Lima before we flew very early the next morning to Cusco.
The flight to Cusco was very interesting as you arrive between high mountains with an altitude of 3.500 meters above sea level.