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Musicians Mum
1,138 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Location and altitude board photo opportunity.
Mountain views.
Fresh air.
Short break from sitting in the bus!
Border twixt Puno and Cusco areas.
Written 2 May 2024
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DanielMtz90
Monterrey, Mexico459 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Abra La Raya, marking the border between the Cusco and Puno regions of Peru, offers a captivating experience for travelers exploring the high Andes. Positioned at an altitude of 4335 meters, this mountain pass not only provides breathtaking views of the Andes mountain range, including the snowy Chimboya, but also serves as a historical trade route that was crucial during the Inca period.

Visitors to Abra La Raya can expect to see a vibrant display of local culture. Artisans from the region are often present, offering traditional crafts and textiles primarily made from alpaca, which is a staple of the local economy. The scenery at this high pass, with its panoramic mountain views and the iconic Andean fauna such as llamas and alpacas grazing nearby, creates a picturesque setting that is both awe-inspiring and deeply tranquil.

Travelers are advised to take a moment to enjoy this unique landscape, where the air is thin and the cultural history is palpable. Whether you’re passing through on a tour bus or exploring the area in a more leisurely fashion, Abra La Raya provides a memorable experience that highlights the natural beauty and cultural richness of the Andes.
Written 20 April 2024
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TheExplorerFamily
Somerset, NJ7,103 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
Looking through our photos, I realized that we had made another very scenic stop during our bus ride from Cuzco to Puno. This place, on the border between Cuzco and Puno is at the highest point in the Andes at an altitude of 14222 feet above sea level.

The place seemed like it was in the middle of nowhere, but all tour buses, and even the Peru Rail, make a stop here – just for the views of the two Mountain Ranges (the Andes and the La Raya) converging at this point. The Andes looked dark and foreboding in front of the snow-capped peaks behind.

It started snowing when we got off the bus, but luckily, we were still able to get a few good photos of the snow-capped peaks of the Chimpulla Mountain at 18000 feet, far back in the distance, and a bunch of Llamas running around in the fields below. On the road, there were signs on either side – one saying we are entering Puno, and the other side showing that they were entering Cuzco. The altitude is listed on each sign also.

Because everybody makes a stop here, there were a lot of vendors selling their wares – from cardigans, sweaters and shawls to small souvenirs of Peru. There were even Llamas to pose with.

A lovely spot, but a few people started getting headaches from the high altitude.
Written 1 October 2023
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Adèle
Edison, NJ4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Couples
This is the border of Cusco and Puno with an altitude of 14 thousand feet. Our tour bus stopped over here to let us use the public restrooms here. Be prepared to have one sol ready in order to use the toilets. As expected, there are natives selling souvenirs here. If shopping is not your thing, you can enjoy the great view here with snow-capped mountains in the distance.
Written 7 February 2023
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GrahamP113
Witham, UK1,918 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
Visited this church as part of the Andean Explorer train trip from Puno to Cusco. Getting dark so hard to see much but the stark remoteness can not be under estimated. So pleased we stopped and hope it can carry on
Written 29 March 2020
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Ralph E
Greater Sydney, Australia192 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Perurail stops here. So do tourist buses. The view is good. There is a small but bustling craft market, ladies wanting you to take photos of them and their alpacas for a few sols, and an interesting church. For some reason, the church is dedicated to Our Lord of the Cane, but one thing you won't see here is sugarcane.
Written 18 February 2020
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Robin P
Sydney, Australia368 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
La Raya is a mountain range in the Andes (snow could be seen on the mountain peaks in the distance), located on the border of Puno and Cusco County in the middle of nowhere! and is the backdrop to a train stop where the Association of Artisans who congregate in this remote area with all their many wares so that passengers can make purchases. Set amid the incredible mountain scenery, it was something different. The clothing, alpaca woollen jumpers, cardigans, coats, scarves etc were well made and incredible value (US$20 for an alpaca wool jumper). Beware however, the altitude here is 4,319m and I did get a headache.
Written 7 February 2020
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Peter
Antwerp, Belgium8,185 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Solo
The highest point on the road from Puno to Cusco. Awesome scenery. And the obligatory tourist's wallet rubbing. The population of Peru deserves more than a pathetic sale of synthetic goods.
Written 10 October 2019
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Chris B
Boise, ID677 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Couples
This was a great stop on our way to Pune. Highest elevation I have ever been at. My wife loves to knit and she bought all sorts of alpaca yarn. So inexpensive as well. The view up here was amazing
Written 1 September 2019
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deborahk3
Maidstone, UK1,823 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019
We stopped here for a comfort break on our journey to Cusco. The views are amazing and the air is fresh and thin. Two mountain ranges converge here, The Andes and La Raya mountain range. The pass is at 5,489 metres above sea level and you can see the snow topped Chimpulla mountain in the distance, soaring 18,009 feet into the clear blue sky and one of the highest peaks in the range. Beautiful, majestic scenery!
Written 24 August 2019
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