On the road to Puno

The bus ride from Cuzco to Puno was another stunner: pretty bleak in parts, usually running parallel to the railway lines and almost always within sight of a river. There seems to be a lot of low-level agriculture going on, including sheep, cow and alpaca farming. We noticed a lot of party-political campaign wall-painting and the murals for ‘Coca’ surprised us, as we haven’t seen them anywhere else. Only saw one recent mural in support of Keiko Fujimori’s party…

We stopped twice (not bad for a 7 hour coach journey!), but trying to get through Juliaca to the bus terminal was a nightmare! The photo cannot communicate the sheer chaos of the roads there, many of them unpaved, despite this being a major city between Peru and Bolivia. Juliaca felt like one huge building site…Puno has a similar vibe, but on a much smaller scale.

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One thought on “On the road to Puno

  1. I know it is annoying but the buses, and trucks, are forbidden to enter to the city, they just can take the highways around Juliaca and right now the city hall is building the highway to Qosqo (Cuzco)
    Said that I hope you have a good travel, and if you are going to take bus I suggest you avoid Julsa.

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