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Bussing through Peru

From start to finish, it took us 6 separate domestic & international flights to get where we were going on our journey to and through Peru. It was a hectic itinerary, so we slowed down a little in the middle of the trip to catch our breaths and to see a part of the country we would have otherwise missed.Screen Shot 2015-05-02 at 8.05.24 PM The day after our exhausting day at Machu Picchu and hiking Huayna Picchu, we caught a daylong bus from Cusco to Puno, touring through ancient towns and mountainous villages. I really enjoyed the tour, because although it was a really long day (it took about 10 hours from start to finish), there was a lot of down time in between stops to gaze out the window, take a nap (I took like 18), or listen to the guide’s information.

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I was ashamedly ignorant to the way things worked in Peru — I didn’t know what kind of government they had, how literate the Peruvians were as a people, what the country’s largest industries were… I was pretty much clueless about all of that (and more). Our guide gave us more than enough informative facts throughout the day, including one that I found pretty surprising: up until 1994, only 40% of Peru had working electricity in their homes. I was SHOCKED. #firstworldproblems

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Taking the bus through the Peruvian countryside ended up being one of my favorite days of the trip — it broke up the fast-paced exhaustive schedule we were running through and opened my eyes to so many new things about the country.

Would you like to take a long bus tour through a new country like this?

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  • Reply jimhopf

    What mountain range is in all of these pictures? You are in a church – what religion are most Peruvians? What are those colorful things laying on boxes in that picture? Is that a flea market?

    May 2, 2015 at 10:59 pm
    • Reply Kristen

      It’s a mountain range called La Raya– it’s part of the Andes. Peruvians are mostly Catholic (that’s a Catholic church pictured). And yep it’s a flea market! We stopped at viewpoint in the mountains that a lot of tourists stop at so the Peruvians set up shop there to sell their souvenirs

      May 3, 2015 at 12:17 am
  • Reply travelingmind2anywhere

    Those mountains look so amazing.

    May 3, 2015 at 4:14 am
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