Aside

The Andean Explorer

Travelling in style from Cusco (Machu Picchu) to Puno (Lake Titikaka). The Andean Explorer runs 388km, linking together Peru’s top two tourist attractions. It takes approximately 10 hours, depending on traffic (it passes quite literally through the centre of several large town, so close, the awnings of market stalls brush the windows as you pass) and is a much more relaxing way to enjoy the spectacular and ever changing countryside than travelling the bumpy road which run parallel to the train tracks practically the whole way. You start in the subtropical highlands surrounding the former Incan capital of Cusco, (altitude 3,400m/11,200ft) climb through dizzying mountain passes until you reach the tiny stronghold of La Raya (meaning, ‘the line’), which signals the provincial border between Cusco and Puno and the train’s highest point at 4,319m or 14,172ft. From there, you pass downwards onto the somewhat desolate Altiplano flat-lands, where the tracks level out for the remainder of the trip before eventually arriving in Puno, on the shore of Lake Titikaka, which at 3,812m/12,507ft, is the world’s highest navigable lake.

More More Peru and Bolivia 163DSC_2238More More Peru and Bolivia 178More More Peru and Bolivia 180More More Peru and Bolivia 181More More Peru and Bolivia 208DSC_2297DSC_2429DSC_2308 CSC_2310 DSC_2368 DSC_2372 DSC_2405More More Peru and Bolivia 331More More Peru and Bolivia 324More More Peru and Bolivia 334More More Peru and Bolivia 336More More Peru and Bolivia 341DSC_2481

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s