Cusco to Puno
The bus to Puno is a luxury liner compared to the chicken buses of Guatemala (where I lived for several years). We have a guide and a hostess, who serves coffee and other drinks. We have several stops scheduled, so the bus ride doesn't seem so long. We visit a cathedral in the middle of nowhere, a road side stop at the top of a pass with llamas and alpacas and stop for an amazing buffet lunch.
We arrive in Puno around 4pm and check into the hotel. Puno is much drier and industrial than I had imagined, but the lake is stunning. We eat out at a restaurant suggested by the hotel staff. I am excited to order gnocchi (my favorite!), while one of our group dives in to his cuy (guinea pig). The cuy comes deep fried, head on, with a look of utter pain and devastation on its face. I love meat, don't get me wrong, but I don't want to see the look on the face of the animal I eat while I eat it.
Tomorrow, we're off to explore the Uros (floating) Islands of Lake Titicaca and go kayaking!