If you are looking for a fascinating and unique journey in The Andes, you have to take the inspirational journey from Cusco to Puno, an experience that will guide you through the rich history, culture and natural beauty of one of the most awe-inspiring regions of the country.
During this trip, you will be able to enjoy the awesome Andean landscapes, visit ancient Inca archaeological sites and Inca and pre-Inca remains, such as the impressive Raqchi complex.
You can also enjoy the delectable local cuisine and learn all about the Andean way of life of the local communities that have inhabited this region for hundreds of years.
Cusco – Route of The Sun (Andahuaylillas, Raqchi, La Raya and Pucará) – Puno – 10 hrs travel time.
Early in the morning, we will collect you from your hotel to head to the bus terminal for our journey along the “Route of The Sun” along which, we will visit the most impressive sites between Cusco and Puno. Our first stop will be at the Temple of Andahuaylillas, where we will visit the famous 16th century church, known as “The Sistine chapel of The Americas” due to the massive number of religious paintings on the walls and roof. The church is home to an ornately decorated organ, with angels and surrounded by the prodigious murals painted by the famous artist, Tadeo Escalante. We will then continue along our way to the archaeological site of Raqchi, which was a temple built in honour to the pre-Inca deity, Wiracocha. Here we will be able witness remains of the Inca Civilization and the Wari Civilization. Our next stop will be at Sicuani, where we will enjoy a traditional lunch of the region. After lunch, we will head to “La Raya” which is the highest section of the journey to Puno, and marks the official border of Cusco and Puno. Here, we will make a brief stop to appreciate the magnificent views of the surrounding snow-caps.
Our final stop along the journey, will be at Pukara, where will learn all about the ancient civilization of the same name, who lived there. We will also visit the church in the village and the attached museum. We will arrive at the City of Puno, early evening, where our guide will be waiting to take you to your hotel for the night.