Yesterday, we attempted for the second time to skirt the Cusco blockades. We are happy to report we were successful!!! The blockades constructed by local farmers are blocking several major roads into Cusco. The farmers are striking because a company wants to build a hydroelectric dam on the major river that irrigates their land. The strike started last Monday and was only suppose to last 72 hours, but thus far it has lasted eight days.

To get around the blockades, we found a bus company that took an alternate route far into the mountains along a gravel, bumpy road. The trip to Cusco from Puno should normally take 5 hours, this trip took us 12 hours. For the most part, we did not see any protesters but we saw evidence of the blockade as we reached the main road. Our bus driver pointed out the main road to us and said,¨all we have to do now is cross that bridge¨, and then the bus halted. It turned out the protesters burned some of the wooden planks on the steel bridge. The bus driver and guide, placed the charred pieces back on the bridge and the bus gingerly began to cross it. In jest, Chris asked me my escape plan, and another passenger retorted ¨the emergency windows¨. It made me happy to know another traveler was as paranoid as I.

The bus trip was not all that bad though. We saw jagged peaks, pristine lakes, and quite a few flamingos on our bus ride.

Tomorrow, we start the classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. We will let you know how it goes upon our return.

Happy Halloween early!!

3 Responses to “Second attempt at skirting Cusco Blockade”

  1. Gillian says:

    Good luck on the Inca Trail trek. I’m looking forward to hearing about it!!

  2. Kate says:

    Good Luck on Machu Picchu so glad you made it to your hike on time.

  3. Kathy@Gramps says:

    We just saw the new pictures and it looks like a great adventure. We are looking forward to hearing all about it.
    Love you