Family excursion to hot springs and more ruins
Carnaval ended with a blowout on Sunday night. Fredy's boat had come with cargo and was poised to return to Puno empty on Monday, so we decided to fill it up with passengers and begin a family excursion in spite of hangovers and exhaustion after a week of parties. We especially wanted to include the family of Francisco and Juana with their daughter and granddaughter, Olga and Rosie. School will not start for a week, so this was our last chance to include the kids.
First thing in the morning, we hiked up to Olga's family to talk them into coming.
|Tara, Rossi, Juana and Francisco in their kitchen|
|Rossi with Tara, Amantani and Taquile in the background|
|Sam with Lisbet|
|Kusi and Edith, girlfriend cousins on the boat|
Ruperta and Eufrasia got up early to roast chicken with sweet potatoes and potatoes in the bread oven to add to our lunch. Good thing, because Sam and I only brought boiled eggs, cheese and bread for 12 people. Turned out we had a feast of a lunch after the hot springs.
|Our driver waves; Eufrasia dishes out the chicken|
|Rossi and Juana enjoy their meal|
Driving back toward Puno, we stopped at Cutimbo, Inca and Pre-Inca ruins about a 1/2 hour drive from Puno, but with no regular transportation, thus seldom visited. Rain had started, so part of our group waited in the bus while the rest of us wrapped ourselves in plastic and hiked to the top.
|bas-relief carvings on the rocks|
|note pottery (far left) and bones|
|see the stick llamas?|
We finish the day with everybody's favorite: pollo a la braza.
Most of the family stayed on the mainland and helped Esteban work in his potato field between Puno and Juliaca. We stayed to write the previous blog and print pictures of the excursion to give away. We all rode the boat back to Taquile together on Wednesday.