March 8th, 2006: Cuzco, Peru to Puno, Peru
Our drive from Cuzco to Puno was a little on the chilly side, but very beautiful. We stopped at a market which was located at the highest point of the road. The natives sold alpaca and llama products, including some nice snuggly scarves which we couldn't resist purchasing. It was only later that we realized our genuine baby alpaca scarves were 70% acrylic. Alpacas and llamas are the only animals which can live at such high altitudes...including plastic llamas apparently, but then again, what else do you expect for 3 bucks! A little lower down in the mountains we saw a man herding some sheep as well. When he smiled we saw a mouthfull of greenery from the coca leaves that he was chewing on. He carried a little transistor radio with him, and he seemed to be very proud of it, so we took some pictures of him with his radio. We also got a few pictures of a baby alpaca with some of the local children at the market. If you look very carefully in the pictures, often the children will have sun damage on their cheeks and ears because the intense UV rays. In the background you can see the snowy peaks of the higher mountain ranges.