Copacabana (BOL) – Puerto Montt (CHL)
It’s still dark outside when the cabin lights and the movement of other passengers awake us. Our night bus from the Bolivian border town of Copacabana to our first destination in Peru has come to a halt. “We’re in Cusco, time to get out!” says Floris, after peering though a curtain that covers a damp window. Only partially awake, we stumble out of the bus, show our luggage tickets, and retrieve our backpacks. We’ve become seasoned bus passengers by now. It’s our preferred way of getting around, as there are almost no trains in this part of the world.
At 5 am the old Inca and current tourist capital is still quiet. The friendly taxi driver who takes us to our hostel stresses the bright side of our early arrival. “The town’s main cathedral is free to visit now”, he explains. It proves to be a good start of our early morning explorations. The cathedral is impressive indeed, as are many other archeological monuments around town. They serve as silent reminders of the Inca civilization and Spanish colonial times. As the day progresses, international crowds take over the centre, which makes for a buzzing atmosphere.