We departed Bolivia and entered Peru in the town of Yunguyo. From there it was a short bus ride to Puno, where we spent a few days resting and exploring Lake Titicaca. On to Cusco to witness the colorful celebration of Cruz Velacuy, which we didn’t know about and happens just once a year — talk about good timing! All this before we departed for the Sacred Valley and the beautiful ruins of Machu Picchu, but more on that to come.

Crossing the border from Bolivia to Peru on our way to Puno.

Crossing the border from Bolivia to Peru on our way to Puno.

Crossing the border from Bolivia to Peru on our way to Puno.

Dogs love Fanta!

Lovely evening light as storm clouds gather overhead in Puno, Peru.

Lovely evening light as storm clouds gather overhead in Puno, Peru.

Exploring the beautiful town of Puno, Peru.

Exploring the beautiful town of Puno, Peru.

Exploring the beautiful town of Puno, Peru.

Exploring the beautiful town of Puno, Peru.

Exploring the beautiful town of Puno, Peru.

Exploring the beautiful town of Puno, Peru.

We took a short afternoon tour out to the floating villages of the Uru people on Lake Titicaca in Peru.

We took a short afternoon tour out to the floating villages of the Uru people on Lake Titicaca in Peru.

We took a short afternoon tour out to the floating villages of the Uru people on Lake Titicaca in Peru.

We took a short afternoon tour out to the floating villages of the Uru people on Lake Titicaca in Peru.

We took a short afternoon tour out to the floating villages of the Uru people on Lake Titicaca in Peru.

We took a short afternoon tour out to the floating villages of the Uru people on Lake Titicaca in Peru.

Villagers stack reeds for drying in a floating village on Lake Titicaca in Peru. The reeds beneath their feet are replaced every few weeks.

Villagers stack reeds for drying in a floating village on Lake Titicaca in Peru. The reeds beneath their feet are replaced every few weeks.

A floating village on Lake Titicaca in Peru.

A floating village on Lake Titicaca in Peru.

A floating village on Lake Titicaca in Peru.

A floating village on Lake Titicaca in Peru.

One of the villagers guides our boat as we depart a floating village on Lake Titicaca in Peru.

One of the villagers guides our boat as we depart a floating village on Lake Titicaca in Peru.

One of the villagers guides our boat as we depart a floating village on Lake Titicaca in Peru.

One of the villagers guides our boat as we depart a floating village on Lake Titicaca in Peru.

A quick picture by some fellow tourists as we floated along on Lake Titicaca in Peru.

A quick picture by some fellow tourists as we floated along on Lake Titicaca in Peru.

Snapped through the window of our bus from Puno to Cusco, Peru.

Snapped through the window of our bus from Puno to Cusco, Peru.

Snapped through the window of our bus from Puno to Cusco, Peru.

Snapped through the window of our bus from Puno to Cusco, Peru.

Snapped through the window of our bus from Puno to Cusco, Peru.

Snapped through the window of our bus from Puno to Cusco, Peru.

Snapped through the window of our bus from Puno to Cusco, Peru.

Snapped through the window of our bus from Puno to Cusco, Peru.

Snapped through the window of our bus from Puno to Cusco, Peru.

Snapped through the window of our bus from Puno to Cusco, Peru.

A classic Dodge on the street in Cusco, Peru.

A classic Dodge on the street in Cusco, Peru.

Britnee outside La Catedral del Cuzco in Peru.

Britnee outside La Catedral del Cuzco in Peru.

Exploring beautiful Cusco, Peru.

Exploring beautiful Cusco, Peru.

Mercado Central de San Pedro in Cusco, Peru.

Mercado Central de San Pedro in Cusco, Peru.

Bread for sale in Mercado Central de San Pedro in Cusco, Peru.

Bread for sale in Mercado Central de San Pedro in Cusco, Peru.

Cheese for sale in Mercado Central de San Pedro in Cusco, Peru.

Cheese for sale in Mercado Central de San Pedro in Cusco, Peru.

Cheese for sale in Mercado Central de San Pedro in Cusco, Peru.

Cheese for sale in Mercado Central de San Pedro in Cusco, Peru.

Mercado Central de San Pedro in Cusco, Peru.

Mercado Central de San Pedro in Cusco, Peru.

Mercado Central de San Pedro in Cusco, Peru.

Mercado Central de San Pedro in Cusco, Peru.

Hottie police officers on patrol in Cusco, Peru.

Hottie police officers on patrol in Cusco, Peru.

Vicu–a fetuses decorate the costumes of dancers during a celebration of Cruz Velacuy in Cusco, Peru. We were so fortunate to happen across this wonderful display of art and culture while in town! The fetuses, which are commonly seen across Peru, Bolivia and other parts of South America, are naturally miscarried remains that are used in various spiritual ways.

Vicu–a fetuses decorate the costumes of dancers during a celebration of Cruz Velacuy in Cusco, Peru. We were so fortunate to happen across this wonderful display of art and culture while in town! The fetuses, which are commonly seen across Peru, Bolivia and other parts of South America, are naturally miscarried remains that are used in various spiritual ways.

A dancer and his llama during the celebration of Cruz Velacuy in Cusco, Peru.

A dancer and his llama during the celebration of Cruz Velacuy in Cusco, Peru.

Dancers fill the Plaza de Armas during the celebration of Cruz Velacuy in Cusco, Peru.

Dancers fill the Plaza de Armas during the celebration of Cruz Velacuy in Cusco, Peru.

Dancers fill the Plaza de Armas during the celebration of Cruz Velacuy in Cusco, Peru.

Dancers fill the Plaza de Armas during the celebration of Cruz Velacuy in Cusco, Peru.

Spectators watch the celebration of Cruz Velacuy in Cusco, Peru.

Spectators watch the celebration of Cruz Velacuy in Cusco, Peru.

Dancers fill the Plaza de Armas during the celebration of Cruz Velacuy in Cusco, Peru.

Dancers fill the Plaza de Armas during the celebration of Cruz Velacuy in Cusco, Peru.

Dancers fill the Plaza de Armas during the celebration of Cruz Velacuy in Cusco, Peru.

Dancers fill the Plaza de Armas during the celebration of Cruz Velacuy in Cusco, Peru.

Dancers fill the Plaza de Armas during the celebration of Cruz Velacuy in Cusco, Peru.

Dancers fill the Plaza de Armas during the celebration of Cruz Velacuy in Cusco, Peru.

Dancers fill the Plaza de Armas during the celebration of Cruz Velacuy in Cusco, Peru.

Dancers fill the Plaza de Armas during the celebration of Cruz Velacuy in Cusco, Peru.

A woman watches during the celebration of Cruz Velacuy in Cusco, Peru.

A woman watches during the celebration of Cruz Velacuy in Cusco, Peru.

Dancers fill the Plaza de Armas during the celebration of Cruz Velacuy in Cusco, Peru.

Dancers fill the Plaza de Armas during the celebration of Cruz Velacuy in Cusco, Peru.

Dancers fill the Plaza de Armas during the celebration of Cruz Velacuy in Cusco, Peru.

Dancers fill the Plaza de Armas during the celebration of Cruz Velacuy in Cusco, Peru.

Dancers fill the Plaza de Armas during the celebration of Cruz Velacuy in Cusco, Peru.

Dancers fill the Plaza de Armas during the celebration of Cruz Velacuy in Cusco, Peru.

Dancers fill the Plaza de Armas during the celebration of Cruz Velacuy in Cusco, Peru.

Dancers fill the Plaza de Armas during the celebration of Cruz Velacuy in Cusco, Peru.

A young girl dances her way through the street during the celebration of Cruz Velacuy in Cusco, Peru.

A young girl dances her way through the street during the celebration of Cruz Velacuy in Cusco, Peru.

A young girl dances her way through the street during the celebration of Cruz Velacuy in Cusco, Peru.

A young girl dances her way through the street during the celebration of Cruz Velacuy in Cusco, Peru.

Dancers fill the Plaza de Armas during the celebration of Cruz Velacuy in Cusco, Peru.

Dancers fill the Plaza de Armas during the celebration of Cruz Velacuy in Cusco, Peru.

Dancers fill the Plaza de Armas during the celebration of Cruz Velacuy in Cusco, Peru.

Dancers fill the Plaza de Armas during the celebration of Cruz Velacuy in Cusco, Peru.

A young boy sells us a bird whistle in Cusco, Peru. Yes, we bought one!

A young boy sells us a bird whistle in Cusco, Peru. Yes, we bought one!

A woman weaves belts while trying to sell us on buying one in Cusco, Peru.

A woman weaves belts while trying to sell us on buying one in Cusco, Peru.

Instead I paid for her photo!

Instead I paid for her photo!

Britnee's life is complete: llamas!

Britnee’s life is complete: llamas!

Ladies and llamas, for tourists in Cusco, Peru.

Ladies and llamas, for tourists in Cusco, Peru.

A dog rests on the sidewalk in Cusco, Peru.

A dog rests on the sidewalk in Cusco, Peru.

Bus stop in Cusco, Peru.

Bus stop in Cusco, Peru.

A local crosses the street in Cusco, Peru.

A local crosses the street in Cusco, Peru.

Next photo gallery: Machu Picchu, Peru.