lunes, 23 de abril de 2018

The Curtain Rises: getting to know the theaters of Lima

FIRST ACT

(June 25th. 3.00 pm. City of Lima)

Curtain's up.

A crowd gathers next to the Tourist Information Office located in the Nicolás de Ribera Passage in the Historic Center of Lima. We hope the tour organized by the Municipality of Lima, through its Tourism Department, will begin and that it will lead us to know the history of the main theaters of the Peruvian capital. From Peru Travels Blog we didn't want to miss such an interesting tour and we raised our heads to be able to be attentive to everything that happens.

(Noon is sunny despite being one of the first days of winter. The guide with the unmistakable yellow vest of the institution appears from the tourist office. The murmur of the audience decreases with unusual expectation).

GUIDE (raising your voice): Good afternoon, everyone! In this tour that will take us to see the main theaters of the city, we will made five stops and finish at the Municipal Theater of Lima and the Theater Museum. It is our last tour of June and we will do some more next month that will take us to visit the Monterrico Racetrack and the tour of the Fathers of the Nation in the Maestro Presbitero Graveyard. We will have a small break at the end of July for Fiestas Patrias (National Day). This tour that we are now starting will last about two hours.

(The guide is silent as if waiting for the audience to assimilate what he has just said. A few seconds later, he raises his voice again among the whispers of some of those present).

GUIDE: Does anyone know when the theater began in Peru? (a thick silence is formed among the audience). Any ideas?.... No one? (Those present look at each other).

PERSON 1: 16th Century!

PERSON 2: In the colony!

GUIDE (smiles with relief): Exactly! The theaters arrived in Peru in the 16th century and developed during the colonial period. However, some research claims that there were representations during pre-Hispanic times. In some chronicles it is said that the Inca Pachacútec ordered his subordinates to perform comic pieces for him. The fact that the theatre was present can also be seen in the play Ollantay, whose origin is pre-Hispanic and was transmitted orally and performed in different versions until today.

(He continues) In the colony, rather than talking about theatre, we would have to talk about performances in the Plaza de Armas; Lima was a flat city and there were not too many buildings, so the Plaza was an ideal setting. The Cabildo (which could be compared to the current mayor) was the one who ordered that acts be performed to entertain the viceroy (responsible for administering the city in front of the Crown of Charles V). The atrium of the Cathedral was used as the main stage for the performances. That's how the comedy corrals began to be set up.

(After this introduction, a second guide on one side of the scene makes room with a constant fluttering of his arms and asks the crowd to split in two like the waters of the Red Sea. The GUIDE 2 goes ahead with half of the participants and goes to the first stop of our tour).

GUIDE (surpassing his companion and calling the assistants to where he stands): In the corner of Santo Domingo -Polvos Azules in colonial times- the first theatre of Lima and America was founded in 1594, El corral de Santo Domingo, so called because it was behind the church on Dominican land. (Lifts one finger to the sky). It is important to note that the first representations had an evangelizing nature, since it was one of the objectives of the Spanish Crown. Later, the religious genre did not prevail and the comic genre gained ground, in which politicians and other characters of the time were mocked.

It is the moment when the theatres become more and more famous (our guide continues), with a capacity of 300 to 400 spectators. The figure of one of the most beloved characters of the time also emerged: Micaela Villegas, also called the 'Perricholi'. Does anyone know why they called her that?

(Me, who had already been told on countless occasions about your affair with Viceroy Amat and the anecdote of his fight on a night of alcohol, simply said: "for yelling at him, 'you chola bitch' in Catalan" [what sounds as perra choli]. The guide affirmed with a silent nod, and maintained that the Perricholi was admired by the entire colony and associated with other corrals such as San Martin).

After saying these words, the guide raises his voice and tells us to follow him to the next stop, which will take us to the square of San Agustín. Already in the square, some curious people who are sitting on the surrounding benches wonder what they are distributing so that there is such a crowding of visitors in front of the façade of the church on a sunny hot Sunday.

GUIDE (gazing among the attendees as if doing a mental recount): San Agustín is the second most important corral in the colony. The Augustinian Order thought it convenient to donate this small square for theatrical representations, in which it would be known as the street of the old comedy. The San Andrés corral was another of the great centres of representation, built over the hospital of the same name.

Corral de San Agustín, Theaters of Lima, History of Theaters in Peru

(Although the guide is aware of the two centuries of time jump, he takes the opportunity to ask the audience if they remember the Teatro Colón, which was located on the side of the combative Plaza San Martín and which, as if it were a fairy tale in reverse, It went from being one of the most important and beautiful spaces of the Republican era to suffering a progressive degeneration that led him to show adult films to an audience of addicts and paid masturbators. Some of the older attendees nod with lost eyes and squinting at the appeal to this theater).

SECOND ACT 

GUIDE: A few years later, in 1873, when the Politeama Theatre opened its doors, the largest theatre of the Republican era with some 3,000 seats, the poet and thinker Manuel González Prada gave the most important speech after the War of the Pacific with Chile. That day (it leaves a brief second of uncertainty) was July 29, 1888 (he closes his eyes to recite a few sentences that he will have repeated dozens of times before very different groups): "Those who step on the threshold of life gather today to teach a lesson to those who approach the doors of the tomb. The celebration we are witnessing has a lot of patriotism and some irony: the child wants to rescue with gold what man did not know how to defend with iron".

(To make the background of the text clearer, he said that this was a harsh criticism after the boom period prior to the Pacific War, emphasizing the lack of identity and national pride. The Politeama was in the 12th block of the Lampa St. It is the last reference to this space before passing to our third stop in front of the façade of the Teatro Principal Manuel Segura, which burnt down in 1883 during the Chilean occupation under the name of Teatro Principal, was reopened six years later under the name of Teatro Portátil, to be demolished in 1909 and rebuilt as Teatro Municipal, which soon became Manuel Ascencio Segura, the name of the father of the Peruvian national theatre. The eyes of those present move in circles as they mentally try to assimilate all the name changes of this theatre).

Manuel Segura Theatre, Theaters of Lima, History of Theaters in Peru

The façade of the Teatro Principal Manuel Segura is beautiful despite the dirt and laziness that the years brought. After its reopening, it was only intended to host chamber music concerts. Someone among the attendees asks what some of us are thinking as we see the metal door helpless, tired and weighing down the passing of the years: is the theatre still active?

GUIDE: Unfortunately the theatre it is closed for security reasons (you can see that the guide - like Orpheus - doesn't want to look back at the façade, as if he were saddened by this reality. Take a deep breath and get ready to change the subject). Very close by is the Triple A (Association of Amateur Artists), where workshops are held for children and amateurs, but also education and workshops are given to teachers to create top-level artists. Not to make free publicity but good performances are made and tickets are cheap (smile).

Triple A Associaton, Theaters of Lima, History of Theaters in Peru


(Finishing our tour and heading towards the Municipal Theater of Lima we passed by the façade of the Triple A in the Ica St. I wait for our group members to come by and take a couple of pictures. The space is developed around a beautiful and fresh patio, in which some plays are announced; not long ago they premiered the dramatic Collacocha, which focuses on the story of the flood that buried the town of Yungay in just 30 seconds in 1970. A few metres further on, the conceited man of the city with his classic grey colour appears imposing and proud. In 2020, the Municipal Theater will celebrate its 100th anniversary, and the celebrations must live up to expectations).

Municipal Theater of Lima, Theaters of Lima, History of Theaters in Peru

THIRD ACT

The crowd of visitors from the two groups has gathered again around the entrance of the Municipal Theatre and gasps in admiration at the chandeliers, the neoclassical sculptures and the gold leaf from the boxes and ceilings surrounding the stalls. The most rugged element of the theatre seems to be the red cloth curtain on which a light logo of the Municipality is projected. We are seated in our seats when the GUIDE and GUIDE 2 step aside and give way to the person in charge of the Municipal Theater, Beatriz Carrera. His voice is slow and clear.

Municipal Theater of Lima, Theaters of Lima, History of Theaters in Peru

BEATRIZ (smiling all the time at the auditorium): What a joy to see that so many people are interested in performing art! This Municipal Theater, like the Manuel Segura Theater, also caught fire and it is thanks to the efforts of the current mayor's Municipality that it was recovered for all Limeños.

(His gestures are as slow as his voice. Those who have been in the Gran Teatro Nacional will notice a difference with el Teatro Municipal: the Municipal Theater is more elegant. On the left side is the Presidential Box, which is intended for the president of the nation and senior officials, while on the right side is the Municipal Box, where the Mayor and representatives of the Municipality take their seats. Up there are the high boxes, up there the gallery and the lateral and central casserole dish).

(Attendees move their heads from one side of the room to the other while the theater representative reports that an explanatory video detailing the various elements of a theatrical performance will be shown. Suddenly, a huge screen falls on which the aforementioned video is projected: stage, lighting, sound... Finish the video and you hear some isolated applause. BEATRIZ appears to tell us to accompany her to learn more about the history of the Municipal Theatre through the Theatre Museum, which is located across the outdoor arts square and where, by the way, Beatriz tells us that free performances are held every Tuesday of the week at 7.00 pm).

Group Tour Theaters, Theaters of Lima, History of Theaters in Peru

Once at the Theatre Museum, BEATRIZ points out the various objects and photographs to tell the story of the site. The 4 rooms that make up the museum tell the story of the stages that the Municipal Theater went through until the present day, since the inauguration of the Teatro Olimpo by the Pérez brothers in 1886. This theatre was demolished in 1915 and a year later it was converted into the magnificent Teatro Forero, named after the Tacna architect Manuel Forero Osorio and inaugurated during the Fiestas Patrias of 1920. This theater will be acquired by the Municipality of Lima in 1929 deciding that it will be called Municipal Theater, making that the so called until then, will be called Manuel Segura Theater.

The story will give a new setback to the Municipal Theater, which suffered a colossal fire on August 2, 1998 that destroyed its shell, although its concrete structure remains standing (BEATRIZ relies on small projections that hang from the ceiling to guide his speech). In fact, it is said that it was a wise fire when it did not touch the part of the room in which - even without rebuilding - some representations were made. The restoration began a few years later with the recovery of the original ornamentation, the construction of a new scenic box and the enhancement of areas such as the square of the arts and a large house adjacent to the Huancavelica St. that serves as the new headquarters of the Museum of Theatre. The entire integral recovery project of the Municipal Theater was completed in 2011.

Municipal Theater Museum, Theaters of Lima, History of Theaters in Peru


(The few minutes that passed after BEATRIZ's explanation were used by the public to take pictures with their cell phones, to admire the posters and period dresses and to make themselves selfies with past images. It is admirable how one can feel -and hear- the footsteps of the actors on the stage of this colonial, republican, modern Lima, and still hear the applause and ovations that left the air trapped in an infinite loop. People are starting to make a fuss about the forum. The last electronic shots from the cameras are sounding. The room becomes silent and seems to become the protagonist under the spotlights).

CURTAIN

Francisco, Peru Travels Blog
May 2018
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viernes, 20 de abril de 2018

Conquering Snow-Capped Mountain Pastoruri

Traveling is not only about getting to know a new place, it is also about accepting new challenges. While Huaraz is my favorite destination for the beautiful scenery (and its food, but that's another subject) it also has something else... its places for trekking or hiking.

Let's start with the first thing, whoever writes this note is not known for having the best physique, but I practise box from time to time and if I am in the mood, run a little bit too. In addition to all of I wrote before, I love to explore and accept challenges, and in this case, it was the Pastoruri.

Pastoruri Glacier, Nevado Pastoruri

Before you face something it's good to know a little bit about your opponent - you noticed my reference to boxing, right? The snow-capped mountain is located in Huaraz, which is part of the department of Ancash and is included in the Cordillera Blanca, which, if you didn't know it, is part of the western mountain range of the Peruvian Andes.


Its name in Quechua means "pampas in the background" or "pasture indoors" and is considered easily accessible. Let's just say it's real training for higher snow-capped mountains.

The tour I chose was very interesting, where you go up from a few in the altitude visiting certain tourist places until you reach the foot of this impressive snow-capped mountain. By the way! The local people of the city told me some tips to face the 5.240 masl.

"Miss, take a lot of coca candy," said the landlady at the market where you can buy scarves, sweaters and more clothes to keep you warm, because in case you didn't know it, it's very cold up there.

When I went to the corner kiosk (Kiosko: this is a very traditional shop in Peru, usually located on corners, where they sell you everything), I bought 2 soles of coca candy, equivalent to 10 of them. And because there's no life without chocolate, a couple of extra bars.

My travel companion and I equipped our backpacks with more clothes in case we couldn't stand the cold, candy, chocolates, rehydrating drinks and the inevitable camera. Without photos there is no evidence of your challenge accomplished.

Pastoruri Glacier, Pastoruri hikking

Before starting the trip it is recommended to drink coca tea. The bus will drop you off at approximately 4000 masl, and then you'll have a long, slightly steep walk to the top of 5200 masl.

They are going to offer you a horse, but they won't tell you that it doesn't reach the top, only halfway, don't accept it. Do you know why? Because you need to acclimatize your body, you won't make any effort, the horse will leave you at an even higher altitude and your body won't know what happened, but ask my European colleagues on the bus.

Starting out because they didn't warm up well (there was a handsome Englishman in SHORT!). They took the fast track, and when they started walking in the second half of the stretch, their stomachs suffered; guess who came back without seeing the entire snow-capped mountain. Yeah, them.

Halfway down the road, where the horse would leave you, you're going to want to give up, among my forgotten photos I must have a pseudo-defeat selfie where I told my adventure partner: "Greta, from here I see the snow, let me down".

Because if you turn around, you'll see what you have been climbing and you marvel at how you have been achieving mini goals to get where you were, you can not throw in the towel now, you did a lot.

hikking Pastoruri, Pastoruri Glacier, Pastoruri Trek


Our guide was a lovely guy, "walk in a zigzag, it's better", I have no idea how he learned it, but it's true, apart from counselor, motivational. Like those things that are difficult to achieve in life, this is how it is to reach the top of a snow-capped mountain. You have the wind, the pressure, the lack of physique and the hunger against you, but the satisfaction of achieving it is worth every internal struggle to give up.

A coke candy for the road, and the chocolate bar as a reward when you get to the top. IT'S WORTH IT.

Now, I know you're going to find less snow than you saw in the Google photos, 'thanks global warming' and be careful not to throw your trash out there, seriously. The descent is relatively easier, but still do it slowly. The best thing is the mental congratulations that you will give yourself during the whole descent, you achieved it, and now you can go planning your next challenge.

The great thing about traveling - at least for me - is getting to know new cultures, and facing challenges that you might not do at home. The amazing thing about Peru is that every little corner has something to tell you and challenge you about.

RandomAna, Peru Travels Blog
May 2018
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domingo, 8 de abril de 2018

New lines come to light in the Nazca desert

These days Peru is celebrating one of the most important archaeological discoveries of recent years: the appearance of a new series of up to 50 geoglyphs in the Palpa desert, in the southern province of Ica.

These new lines are located very close to the famous Nazca Lines (elaborated between the beginning of our era and 650 A.D. in an area of 750 km2), which were declared a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1994.

The figures of the Palpa desert have been recorded between December 2017 and February this year by a multidisciplinary group of archaeologists, who used drones to record these geoglyphs from 20 to 30 meters high.

In statements to the local newspaper El Comercio, the leader of the group of specialists, Jhony Isla Cuadrado, reported that some 25 geoglyphs had not been documented to date, while the rest were mostly known by the locals.

Palpa Lines, Palpa Lines Discovery, Nazca Lines and Palpa Lines
A group of people with headdresses called the "royal family" in San Ignacio de Palpa
Photo: Diego Ochoa (El Comercio)
One of the main differences that exist between the Nazca Lines and these new geoglyphs its while the first ones were traced in the earthy soil of the Ica desert, the Palpa Lines are created on the slopes of the hills surrounding their valleys.

Another noteworthy detail is that the figures of Palpa were earlier than those of the Nazca (possibly between 500 BC and the early years of our time), belonging to the Paracas and Topará cultures.

The specialists were funded by the National Geographic Society to carry out this research.

Isla said in statements to the same media that although several groups of these figures had already been previously recorded by the Nasca-Palpa Archaeological Project, directed by Markus Reindel and himself, the work with drones allowed a "more detailed and systematic record of the areas".

Palpa Lines, Palpa Lines Discovery, Nazca Lines and Palpa Lines
Geoglyphs known as "The Monkey and the Dancer", which is located on a hill
Photo: Luis Jaime Castillo (El Comercio)
Meaning of Palpa Lines

The meaning of these geoglyphs - like those of Nazca - is still a question mark. According to the archaeologist and co-discoverer of these new glyphs, Luis Jaime Castillo, "most of these figures are warriors" who "could be seen from a certain distance".

As for the Nazca Lines, the theory most accepted by researchers is that they served as a "guide" for pilgrims traveling to the sacred city of Cahuachi. Of those of Palpa we still speak of hypotheses, perhaps a demonstration of the power of the Paracas culture or a tribute to the gods.

As for Isla, he says: "We know who made them, but one of things we need to find out is what it meant, whether they were in the same cosmological system as the Nazca or had another meaning. This is brand new," he said.

Finally, the also official of the Ministry of Culture, said that the geoglyphs of Palpa must be protected, delimited and made projects to enhance their value. There is no doubt that the State will take action to give greater relevance to this great discovery.

Palpa Lines, Palpa Lines Discovery, Nazca Lines and Palpa Lines
Human Figures. Photo: Karla Patroni (El Comercio)
Tourist potential of the Palpa Lines

Last year, about 92,000 people flew over the Nazca Lines, most of them over the pampas, which are home to the well-known figures of the monkey, hummingbird and spider.

The discovery of these new figures therefore has great tourist potential to further promote the destination of Nazca and Ica province among the favorites of tourists from around the world.

From the Ministry of Culture visitors are asked to respect the rules of entry to the pampas area (which is mostly intangible). The Palpa Lines also have the advantage of being visible from the ground, without having to hire an airplane at an extra cost.

Esteban García, Peru Travels Blog
April 2018
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sábado, 7 de abril de 2018

Puno and Surroundings

If in our previous post we affirmed that Titicaca lake is -without any doubt- one of the most mystical places in Peru. The city on its shores and encompasses it on the Peruvian side, could not be less.

Puno (3.830 masl) is a vibrant crossroads between Cusco and La Paz, where trade between both sides of the border frantically moves and where the perfect marriage between the colorful culture of the altiplano and Catholic religious beliefs are still preserved.

One of these shows is the famous feast of Virgen de la Candelaria (“Candelaria Virgin”), inscribed as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO), which is celebrated on February 2 and lasts several days around wind bands that rotate all the night until dawn.

Meanwhile, local people and visitors dance to the rhythm of the huaynos (type of Andean music) and the crashing of the beer bottles that are piling up on a side of the streets.

In the parades dance up to 40 thousand dancers to the beat of 200 bands, with costumes of a bright color in which are mixed, sequins, embroidered skirts and large metal masks that remind of Spanish characters, devils or other spirits of the altiplanic worldview are mixed .

Fiesta de la Candelaria, Puno, What to see in Puno, Puno main sights

Puno is also considered "The Folkloric Capital of America", with more than 300 registered dances and other festivities such as The Jubilee Tourist Week of Puno, which marks the birth of the first Inca, Manco Cápac (November 5); Epifanía (January 6); San Juan Bautista (March 8); Las Alacitas (May 2, a beautiful party in which payments are made to the land and small crafts that represent our goals are blessed); Las Cruces (May 3-4 on the island of Taquile and Huancané); the festival of Santiago (July 25); and Nuestra Señora de la Merced (September 24).

For the rest, the city of Puno does not have much to do. Architecturally  is a city that to my impression was frozen between modernity and traditionalism, with hundreds of corrugated roofs (uralita) that reflect the sun's sparkle until sunset. The main street is the Jirón Lima, where you can find exchange houses, banks, coffee shops and small shops.

*Beware: be careful with altitude sickness or soroche; we must remember that we will be almost 4,000 meters above sea level. As we recommend in the post about Titicaca, you can buy some pills called Sorojchi Pills in any pharmacy, or take the coca tea that will serve you in any accommodation in the city.

In the same way, you will find in almost all the lodgings air cylinders  in case you need them. It will help a soft diet based on chicken soup and cooked vegetables.

The baroque cathedral of Puno

At one end of the Plaza de Armas (square) in Puno we can find the Cathedral, dating from 1757 and which holds the rank of Minor Basilica after the visit of Pope Paul VI in 1964.

The temple, which was begun to be built in the old Supay Kancha or Cerco del Diablo (Fence of the Devil), has a baroque style typical of the seventeenth century, with a spectacular facade and a staircase of 10 steps that descends to the square. SCHEDULE: 10.00 to 11.00 and 3.30 to 18.00. Free entrance.

The interior of the basilica stands out for its spaciousness and austerity, with a main altar finished in marble and where two images are worshiped and were taken to Puno in the early years of the Spanish colony, El Señor del Quinario and the Virgen de los Remedios (Virgin of the Remedies). The altar is covered with silver and you can see paintings from different schools such as Cusquena and Italian.

Puno Cathedral, Puno, What to see in Puno, Puno main sights

Carlos Dreyer Museum

Behind the Basilica we find this peculiar museum that holds a small collection of archaeological pieces from the Puno region, which belonged to the German artist and collector Carlos Dreyer Spohr. In its halls (Inca, Lithic, Regional, Religious), we will find weavings, ceramics and other objects from cultures such as the Moche, Nazca and gold jewelery of the “Tesoro de Sillustani” (Treasure of Sillustani), with a life-size replica of the Chullpa del Lagarto.

In the upper floor we can find mummies related to the region. SCHEDULE: Mon-Sat 9.30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Entry S/5. munipuno.gob.pe/


Coca Museum

Coca as a thousand-year-old leaf used in the pre-Inca culture of the altiplano continues to this day. Both the inhabitants of southern Peru, and much of the inhabitants of Bolivia, 'chacchan' (or chew) coca leaf to combat altitude sickness, improve blood flow and acquire greater vitality. In this museum we can find a brief history of these properties and a good collection of party costumes from Puno.

We can also find in the interior several products based on coca leaf, such as liqueurs, sweets, cookies ... and even coca wine. museodelacoca.com/

Coca Museum, Puno, What to see in Puno, Puno main sights

Viewpoints of Puno

If we have some time to get to know the city we can go to discover the Cerrito de Huajsapata and the Mirador del Cóndor (viewpoint of the condor), both 10 minutes from the city center and from where we can have beautiful views of the city and Lake Titicaca.

In the Cerro we will find a white image of the first Inca, Manco Cápac, while in the Mirador -as his own name indicates- we will find an enormous condor several meters high.

Condor Viewpoint, Puno, What to see in Puno, Puno main sights

The Puma Uta viewpoint (Cougar Viewpoint) is in the northern part of the city and in the Aymara language means the Casa del Puma (The cougar house). Like the condor viewpoint, it has a huge figure of a cougar that presides over the view of Titicaca Lake and the apus (or ancestral gods in the shape of hills) that surround the city: Machallata, Azoquini, Pirhua Pirhuani and Cancharani.

Cougar Viewpoint, Puno, What to see in Puno, Puno main sights

Sillustani

The funerary towers or chullpas of Sillustani are one of the most well-known and visited tourist attractions around Puno, specifically on the Umayo Lake Peninsula (about 40 minutes by bus). In these towers -of various sizes and that we can find elsewhere in the area- the ancient tribe of the colla buried the most notable personalities of the nobility.

The highest chullpa of Sillustani is 12 meters high and in these larger towers families were often buried with the belongings that would accompany them to the beyond. We can still see the small openings through which they entered to leave those belongings and that were later sealed.

The area is surrounded by the beautiful Lake Umayo (3890 masl), where you can see small islands where a great variety of birds nest and graze the vicuñas (camelids similar to llamas).

Buses leave for Sillustani from Puno at 2:30 p.m. for about S / 30, leaving visitors approximately one hour in the ruins of the chullpas. A cheaper option is to take buses that go to Juliaca (S / 5) and ask to get off at the fork to Sillustani.

If we get to Atun Colla, we will find the curiosity of finding edible earth, which is usually used as clay "in sauce" in some foods.

Cutimbo Puno, What to see in Puno, Puno main sights

Archaeological Complex of Cutimbo

The chullpas of this Cutimbo site are located 20 km from Puno, on top of an impressive volcanic hill that seems cut with a colossal blade. These chullpas, created by the Colla, Lupaca and Inca cultures, are different from the one we saw in Sillustani because they have a square plant - although we will also find a circular base.

Along with the chullpas we can see the stone ramps that were used for its construction. In the rocks we can see designs of monkeys, cougars and snakes, made by the builders.

Being away from Puno it is recommended to go in groups. First to save money on the journey and second, to avoid possible theft from tourists. A taxi can cost about S/ 70, including a 30-minute-wait for the driver. Another cheaper option is to take a bus to Laraqueri for about S/ 5. These leave from the cemetery next to the Amista Park.

On the way, after about 30 minutes of route, we will see the architectural complex on the left.

Cutimbo Puno, What to see in Puno, Puno main sights

After visiting these tourist attractions, we may want to rest in one of the hotels in Puno or have a drink in their places of march. We have to take strength to know what was considered the'navel of the world': the Imperial City of Cusco.

Esteban García, Peru Travels Blog
April 2018
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