Peru 11

On Tuesday the 15th of November, we were preparing to leave Cusco, and I was frustrated that I had 2 "Old " pictures, in Cusco, that I was not able to find the location of ....... So the search began. 

I knew that if I did not find these old pictures now, I never would, and I would be disappointed with myself for the rest of the trip, for being LAZY.... 

For the following picture, we hailed taxi after taxi, and showed the driver of the taxi the laptop computer to see if they recognized the location of the following picture.  Finally an older cab driver did, and off we went.

The original picture was from Carpenter Travel's, printed in 1926.  It was amazing how little it had changed in 80 years.  The rails were missing from the street, but little else had changed!  Now there are little shops that sell soda and candy in the old door ways.... 

The next "Old" photograph was not recognized by the taxi drivers, so we pulled out the BMW and started driving up and down every street in Cusco.  We loaded the digital camera, with a small picture of the small windows at the top of the balcony, that appeared very individualistic.  We used this image and the fact that the balcony had 8 panels, and off we went. 

It is fairly easy to find the "Then and Now" photo's, if they are of known landmarks, but these nondescript photos are really a "Needle in a Haystack" game.  For some reason, these are the ones I really enjoy hunting down.  Hey, it is better than shooting wild game in Africa!

After hundred's of balconies, this one had similar windows, so we unpack the laptop, and Lo and Behold, we have a match.  Junk is currently stored in the balcony and there were many missing glass panels.  Downstairs is a Kodak film processor and other small businesses.  I actually get giddy when I find the locations of photo's like this.  It also drives us to see all the small streets and neighborhoods in a town like this, and that is also enjoyable.

Task complete.... We can now leave Cusco!  On the 16th of November, we head south for Puno, Peru, located on the shores of Lake Titicaca, at an altitude of 12,530 feet.

We back the bike out of the courtyard of the Hostel Loreto.

This long narrow alleyway is an original Inca wall.

And head out of town.

These streets are typical of the streets we had search for the wall and balcony pictures........

The streets are narrow and very slippery, especially when wet.

It was early morning so the lighting for the pictures was bad...

This is the road leaving "Plaza de Armas, in Cusco, Peru.
This is the type of scenery we had to endure for the 264 mile ride to Puno.
I was afraid to go in to see what this was all about!

Has anybody else been here, that can shed some light on what kind of business this is?

These are the Inca ruins of Raqchi.

The ruins are 45 feet tall and nearly 300 feet long.

This is the Cusco to Puno train, which we seemed to have followed for most of the day.

This was the "Abra La Raya" pass, which was nearly 15,000 feet in elevation.

The bike has been running fairly well, considering the altitude.

It wheezes a little, but so are we!

264 miles of visual torture........

This was really a magical day.....

The day seemed dream like........

We stop for lunch in the village of Ayaviri.
The bus stop in Ayaviri.

They load the tops of the busses, just like those in the movie, "Romancing the Stone".

The locals.

It is hard to get good pictures of the natives as they all wear hats, and I do not have the nerve to use the flash.

The indigenous always had loads on their backs.... Either babies or food items.

Our first view of a small bay of Lake Titicaca.....

The white building on the peninsula is the 5 star Hotel Libertador Isle Esteves.

Looking forward to tomorrow and our trip to the floating islands of Lake Titicaca......

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