Peru 13


It is Friday, the 18th of November, and time to ride to Juliaca and Arequipa, Peru.


The hotel in Puno was great.  Only 5 weeks old, but they did not have parking, so they obtained this locked storage room for us to store the motorcycle.
Seeing this boat was something I have wanted to do for the last 10 years...

As this sign states, it was hauled by men and mules, from the Pacific Ocean, which is hundreds of miles away, and 12,500 feet lower..

The boat burnt coal originally, but Peru did not have a large supply of coal.

So, they cut the boat in half, and then added 36 feet.  The added space was used to store dried Llama dung, which became the new fuel of choice.

The boat then measured 150 feet long, on the highest navigable waters in the world!

The raising of the anchor was done by hand, with this capstan.
The boat was launched in 1870.

After 44 years of use, the Llama dung burning engine was replaced with this 4 cylinder engine.

At 240 rpm, it created about 320 hp.

Old boat...

Old train...

Antonia Quispe was our excellent guide on the Yavari.

It was now time to take off towards Arequipa, Peru.

About 20 miles north of Puno, we ran into a very unusual village of homes, unlike any we have seen to date.

It was also a very clean area of Peru.


Another cute kid....
Then we rode past the Colla ruins at Sillustani, which were also unlike any others that we have seen.

The ruins are from the 1400's and were later taken over by the Inca's.

These monuments were Colla tombs.

The ruins are located on this bluff overlooking a high altitude lake.

Very scenic....

Sandy is missing her granddaughter (Hannah), so every time she sees small children, she needs to befriend them....
Common scene...

The indigenous people walk their herds for long distances to water their animals.


We left the ruins in Sillustani and passed through the city of Juliaca, where we had one old photo from 1926.  It was found in "Frank Carpenter's World Travels". 

Of all the "Then and Now" locations, this one had changed more than any other location......




The photo was taken from about 12 feet off from where the original picture was taken.  If you line up the spires with the hills in the distance you can see the slight misalignment.  In the original picture, the hill from where the picture was taken, was barren.  Not any more.  The original picture was taken from about 12 feet to the right of where the picture below was taken.  But, as you can see, there was a structure to the right, which was completely "Barbed wired", and secure....


It was not the best of neighborhoods, so it was a shoot and run......

This was a suburb of Juliaca.  A very sad sight!  And this was only 20% of the tent city.


We left Juliaca and headed west to Arequipa.

The road was built in 2002, but there are already markers like this every few miles.

This spot had 14 markers, all with the same date.  Some locations had more than 20 markers from major bus accidents.

It sure induces caution riding the motorcycle!


Over 14,000 feet, very cold, and rain was coming!


A Llama warning sign.......
And the signs don't lie.......

This was part of a 200+ herd.

I have never seen a sign like this in the United States....
It was about 240 miles, with no gas stations.

So a stop at a home for fuel was necessary.

We ran into this gentleman from Buenos Aries, Argentina.

He was riding his Honda Trans Alp on a 3 week trip to Cusco, Peru.

I poured 1 gallon of fuel, but needed more....

 

Self Serve...

The second gallon, was full service...

We were told that Arequipa was really neat.  This was our first exposure of Arequipa....

It did improve, a lot!


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