|Altar at Andahuayllas Church|
Stopping briefly in Raqchi, an Inca archeological site, we walked around town and took advantage of the opportunity to walk over a short (reinforced) Inca rope bridge on the edge of the village. As we wandered around the market in the main square, at the recommendation of a local guide, we tried lucuma ice cream coated with chocolate. Made from a Peruvian fruit which has a flavor cross between sweet potato and maple syrup, this was another taste treat we will probably never be able to repeat.
Following a hearty Peruvian buffet lunch, the bus moved on. It stopped briefly for photographs, and yet another chance to buy souvenir at La Raya Pass, elevation 4335 meters (14,222 feet).
Next stop was Pacara to visit a museum, but we decided to walk around town instead. In our travels in this region, we had noticed ceramic bulls on home roofs, and here they were located on the church in the center of town as well. Called toritos de Pucar (bulls of Pucara), because the authentic lucky bulls come only form this area, they are thought to protect the family inside, bring good luck, positive energy, health and prosperity.
Shortly behind schedule, we arrived at the bus station in Puno, home of Lake Titicaca, but that's another story.
|In Raqchi at the market. Different hats and garb identify the home village of the wearer.|
|Pacara ceramic bulls|
|Altar at church in Raqchi|
|Church in Raqchi|
|Inca bridge at Raqchi|
|Inca bridge outside Raqchi|
|Billboard of highland Peru, beer ad painted on side of building|
|La Raya Pass|
|At La Raya Pass|
|Roadside market set up to take advantage of buses stopping at La Raya Pass|
|Through the countryside|
|Church at the main plaza in Pucara, Peru|
|Tiled mural in Pucara, Peru|