by Jerome au Perou
Fri Aug 10th, 2012 at 08:48:54 PM EST
While driving on the altiplano, we came across a train line - the Cusco - Puno - Arequipa line and I tried to take a few pictures:
On the next day, the rail line followed the road towards Puno for most of the trip, and I kept on taking pictures of empty rails:
in the meantime, the road we were using, while not congested, certainly had its fair share of truck traffic:
until, suddenly, and unexpectedly, a train came right towards us:
It seems to be pulling only tankers - this is consistent with the road traffic, the majority of which was fuel or acids for the various mining operations that seem to be taking place all around the area.
I even managed to get a picture with llamas in front of it:
(because yes, this is llama territory... more pictures in the next diary)
We later drove by the highest station on the line (and I presume one of the highest altogether), not far from Lake Titicaca:
Coming down the valley, the train line snuggled between the road and the river, but we did not see another train:
Normal blogging of the sites we visited in the past 2 days will follow - I have hundreds of pictures but it's a bit slow to upload them all.