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Sep 21 Puno to Cusco on the PeruRail Titicaca Train

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Early start this morning to be at the train station early to catch our 7:30AM train to Cusco, a 10 1/2 hour journey. The train is designed in the style of the 1920 Pullman cars. There are 3 dining cars where we enjoyed comfortable club chair seating. The last car is a domed bar car which has an open air section with a brass rail across the back where you can stand in the open and and enjoy the stunning views.

Driving through the town of Juliana, the Saturday market was in full swing with the stalls crammed right up against the train tracks, and there were even piles of oranges in the middle of the tracks that they didn’t move, and the train just drives right over them. Sometimes the owner covered them with cloth but others not.

We were served coffee and juice, and later in the morning there was a fashion show of alpaca items that were so beautiful. The train has their own line of designs which can’t be found elsewhere so of course I had to buy a baby alpaca cape, which I fell in love with. Lots more shopping to come in Cuzco though. Will be interesting to compare prices at home for alpaca items. Snacks and a welcome drink made with Pisco.

After the fashion show came a musical performance with traditional instruments that was really good. The dancer performed traditional dances for us and got us up on our feet in a conga line...really hard on a rocking train and at 13,000 feet.

Lunch was 3 course, a potato soup with pesto as a starter, my main was quinoa with mushrooms and asparagus, and the dessert was a chocolate mousse. And a nice Chilean ! Chardonnay. Paul’s main was beef wrapped in bacon with risotto. Everything was piping hot.

Right after lunch we had a 10 minute stop in La Raya, the highest point on the trip at 14200 feet.

There was an afternoon performance of the musicians and dancer, who grabbed Dan to dance with her. He seems quiet but looked like he was really enjoyed it!

We arrived at Cusco at 5:50PM and were met by Condor Tours transfer us to the Casa Andina Premium Cusco.

No dinner tonight, just early to bed.
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Posted by barb3389 14:23 Archived in Peru

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I love the views from those train windows.

by littlesam1

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