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DAILY DEPARTURES Inka Express is a VIP bus service from Puno to Cusco with lots of years of experience in the tourist transport service, providing daily transport with guided tours The sites visited on route are: PUKARA, RAQCHI AND ANDAHUAYLILLAS,
Transfer at 06:20 am from your Hotel in Puno to our Bus Terminal. (please send us your hotel details). On route we stop first at PUKARA which was the first regional population center in the northern Lake Titicaca basin during the Late Formative Period (500 BC- AD 200), providing valuable insights into the origins of Andean Civilization in the highlands and altiplano. During its peak it covered over a square kilometer and housed thousands of bureaucrats, priests, artisans, farmers, herders, and possibly warriors. The Pukara Culture style is identified by impressive monolithic sculptures with a variety of geometric, zoomorphic, and anthropomorphic images plus intricate, multi-colored pottery in a variety of ritual and domestic forms.
As we continue north towards Cusco we stop at RAQCHI. The most important building inside the complex is the "Wiracocha temple" that according to the old chroniclers was built by the Inca Wiracocha in honour to the Superior God invisible for the Andean people: "Apu Kon Titi Wiracocha". Architectonically it is classified as "Kallanka", that is, a high building completely covered with straw (wood and "ichu"). Externally it is 92 meters long (302 feet) and 25.25 meters wide (83 feet).
The highest point we reach in this trip is Abra LA RAYA (tThe Raya Pass) is the watershed between the valley that drains into Lake Titicaca and the valley that leads down to Cusco and to the Sacred Valley. The altitude is 4,338 m (14,232 feet).
LUNCH in Sicuani.- It is a relatively large highland town. It is a major intersection, with the road to Puno/Arequipa passing through here. This town is surrounded by some very pretty hills. Here we have a buffet lunch in our exclusive restaurant with family atmosphere. Time to rest and relax.
Continuing our driving we will finally stop at the church of ANDAHUAYLILLAS, also known as the Sixtine Chapel of South America built by the Jesuits in the 16th century. Like other Spanish and religious constructions of the time, it was built on top of a Huaca, or sacred place for the Incas civilization. Paintings of the famous Cusco Paint School from XIV,XV century are extraordinary here.
Arriving to Cusco.Approximately at 5:00 pm (Bus Terminal,10 minutes from the centre of Cusco)