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Checking out Puno

Peruvian beer time with Jackie Lope
Peruvian beer time with Jackie Lope
Another early morning wake up to catch a flight to Juliaca. Cross back over the street to check in with Star Peru. Lima airport is a nice airport with shops and some resturants. The regional terminal is packed with excited faces heading off to different adventures in Peru! Not a whole lot of English translation on the plane, didn't realize the plane had a stop over in Arequipa. I think I spied a glance at Colca Canyon. Looked like some cool geology. And then possibly the best part of the trip... we flew over a volcano! It was smoking/steaming. It was the coolest thing ever! Land in Juliace and immediately hear the Peruvian flute music. There is a group playing as we get our bags. We met Hazel and our driver outside the tiny airport and we are off to Puno! The drive was nice, if felt like I was back in Montana, jus a lot more llamas than cattle. Made it to our hotel, Q'elqatani, and it wasn't until we hit the 4 flights of stairs to get to our room, did we realize the altitude effecting us. We dropped our bags and passed out on the bed. After a nap and some coca tea, we venture out to find food and check out the city. I honest like Puno, is a working class city and not super touristy. We found a nice little restaurant on a little touristy strip, just around the corner from the hotel. After some food and Peruvian beer in our bellies we head back to the hotel for an early night.

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