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    South by South America Tour – Peru Part 4

    Tuesday, October 15, 2019
    Puno, Peru

    A hot rod tuk-tuk in Puno, Peru.
    A hot rod tuk-tuk in Puno, Peru.

    A colorful wall in Puno, Peru.
    A colorful wall in Puno, Peru.

    An overview of Puno, Peru.
    An overview of Puno, Peru.

    A Volkswagen Beetle all bundled up in Puno, Peru.
    A Volkswagen Beetle all bundled up in Puno, Peru.

    A tribute to indigenous Peruvians in Puno, Peru.
    A tribute to indigenous Peruvians in Puno, Peru.

    This afternoon, I went on another urban hike into the hills on the outskirts of Puno. This time, however, I journeyed over to the west side of town. My goal was to hike up to a Catholic cross on the top of a really high hill, but as it turned out, I left too late and only made it about half way up before sunset. But, at least I made it to the top of a rock formation on a somewhat smaller hill, which still provided plenty of non-chewing satisfaction. On the way back down, I had to deal with the usual pack of menacing dogs, which even ran up to—and barked at—a young local girl. Luckily, we both made it by the dogs in opposite directions without incident.

    A set of non-golden arches in Puno, Peru.
    A set of non-golden arches in Puno, Peru.

    An orange paint-splashed wall in Puno, Peru.
    An orange paint-splashed wall in Puno, Peru.

    Font chaos in Puno, Peru.
    Font chaos in Puno, Peru.

    A distressed shop front in Puno, Peru.
    A distressed shop front in Puno, Peru.

    At one point further down the hill, I crossed paths with a backpacker from England with a very kind demeanor who appeared to be in his 60s. He said he had been traveling on and off since 1982, and that he spends a vast majority of nights sleeping in a hammock. (If it rains, he hangs a tarp over his hammock.) I only got to speak with him for less than five minutes, as he had to head up into the hills to set up camp. Later, I wondered if he had ever been robbed while camping or if he ever rode a bus during his journeys? Anyway, I really admire the way he travels, living the way people did centuries and millennia ago.

    Words and photos ©2019 Arcane Candy.

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