The final leg of our journey begins today – a 9-hour bus ride that takes us to Puno and our activities on Lake Titicaca. We’re happy to meet up with a Canadian family who was with us for a night at Sandoval Lake, and the bus trip passes quickly as we swap stories of Peru and our adventures of the last week.
We arrive in the city by early evening, giving us plenty of time to freshen up and take in the sights. Because a fair amount of the trip is structured and involves eating with guides, Cory and I make the most out of every opportunity to dine on our own. We’ve already sampled alpaca meat and he’s dying to try guinea pig, the Peruvian delicacy. Puno will be the place for that, he’s decided, and we ask some locals for a restaurant recommendation. But when we sit down to order, Cory learns that he has to give the cook advance notice of his order (maybe they don’t keep guinea pigs on hand?) and so tonight he will have to be satisfied with alpaca. And indeed, it’s the best we’ve had. Guinea pig will have to wait until we return from the Lake.