April 1-2, 2017 Puno is a small town on the Peruvian side of Lake Titicaca. The main reason to stop there is that we took an overnight bus to get there, and the prospect of continuing onto Copacabana for another 4 hours did not appeal. We actually ended up at a really nice hotel (Suite Indepenencia), where Peru Hop got us a discount that changed the price from 70 USD to 70 soles, which was a good deal.
March 29-31, 2017 Back in Cusco, we signed me up for a day hike to Rainbow Mountain. The next day we did a little sight-seeing, in the form of a walking tour. The most interesting part was learning how many of the modern buildings still have Inca foundations. Subsequently we spent some time exploring the San Blas artist neighborhood, picked up even more gifts, and bought me a pair of sun glasses to use in the mountains.
March 26-28, 2017 Ollantaytambo is another small ancient town. It’s surrounded by hills terraced well over a 1000 years ago to prevent land slides. Most interesting though is that most streets have a water channel on the side, which delivers water throughout the town. This basic system has been in place for hundreds of years, and was also on display at the local ruins, where we took another guided tour.