It is clear we have long ago left the Sacred Valley. Even the names of the Peruvian towns we drive through are losing their loveliness. In one called Sicuani kids steal a little flag from the camper’s grill, we pay more in tolls to get through Puno than it costs in diesel, and crazed bicyclists in Juliaca try their best to induce heart attacks as they cut in front of us. We’re bone tired by the time we stop for the night in the lakeside town of Pomata – just in time for a quick round of photographs before we collapse.
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