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South America » Peru » Puno » Puno June 27th 2010

So I finally got out of Cuzco, much to my own relief, it is a neat town but I think I was there far too long. There were things to see and do there, but it was too expensive and touristy (and i dont mean the other tourists, i mean the products of so much tourists: shoe shine boys, drug sellers, clothing sellers, honking taxis whenever you go for a walk, etc.) My experience wasnt really helped by staying in the shittiest hostel in the world (though cheap). My favourite memory will be from returning for Machu Picchu when we stopped for lunch and the bus driver didnt have enough money to pay for his meal so we werent allowed to leave until the restaurant owner was satisfied with the promise of repayment next time the ... read more
Looking at Puno
Church
Blue Building

South America » Peru » Puno » Puno June 25th 2010

I posted some pictures from previous entries. Not too many though because it takes each one like 5 minutes to upload!... read more

South America » Peru » Puno » Puno June 13th 2010

So from Lima stopping on the plane at Cusco briefly then to Juliaca and a bus to Puno, the city on the Peruvian side of Lake Titicaca, one of the highest navigable lakes in the world and the largest in South America (don't you know, pub quiz gem that!). I got here by plane thanks to the amazing generosity of my uncle. And what a great idea. I've got to say I still don't think I was ready for the whole solo travelling thing if he hadn't set this all up so it's been a good transition. Plus I'm feeling pretty shattered from the altitude so good to have somewhere safe and comfy to rest with a restaurant attached. Puno is completely different to the Lima I know and stay in. A city of incomplete houses ... read more
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South America » Peru » Puno » Puno June 10th 2010

Last night I fell asleep around 8pm. I was trying to stay awake and read the last 2 pages of my chapter but my eyes kept closing and I kept reading the same sentence over and over... off to bed it was. I woke up almost 11 hours later and we took a 7am taxi to the bus station. From there we caught an 8:30 bus to Puno on the busline 'Julsa' for only S20 (about $7) compared to Cruz del Sur company for S54 (about $35). A woman came onto our bus right before we left and showed us a hotel in Puno that was only S40 (about $14) for twin beds, private bathroom with "hot" water (which we have yet to discover), cable TV, free internet, and free breakfast. She also said someone would ... read more

South America » Peru » Puno » Puno June 8th 2010

Hola! Things here are going great - I´m writing you now from Puno, a city in the south of Peru near Lake Titicaca, which will be the site of my next few excursions. But first let me rewind a few days: 3/9 - Me and my canadian posse left our bags at the hostel and boarded the bus with the rest of the crew joining us on this two-day canyon trip. THe crew includes: me,2 canadians, 2 columbianos, 1 venezuelan, 2 argentines, 4 peruvians including one who spents ten years studying in the US and lived in brooklyn for a while, and 3 israelis (you cannot escape them here). Our tour guide (eng/sp) told us abouthe trip as we started off,explaining that we will be going to very high elevations (the highest point was over 4,300 ... read more
Los ninos bailan tipico en la plaza
Awkward picture of me and the canyon
Condor Soaring

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South America » Peru » Puno » Puno June 3rd 2010

jueves, 3 de junio Sad day. Time to leave Bolivia. Met some cool people, loved the locals, great scenery and the budget is well and truly back on track. Even with recent mishaps we'd definitely come back. Not this trip, time for Peru. Home of Machu Picchu. Home of a president re-elected despite destroying the economy so bad in the 80s the currency had to be changed to new soles. Home of bus robberies. Home of more winding roads overlooking cliffs. Home of drivers who don't sleep enough. Best of all, away from altitude. The crossover to the Peruvian border was supremely uneventful, apart from the lady crying with outstretched hand. Not that we thought we would but we have evidently not escaped the poverty. It's a nice way to enter a country on the bus ... read more
Welcome to Peru
Taking the boat to the islands
A lesson in building of islands

South America » Peru » Puno » Puno May 18th 2010

Got up early for the first time in a few days, showered, packed and paid up, finally managing to actually leave the hostel after Edwin, the hostal owner, banged on for a while about reviews we could write for him, bad reviews others had written about the hostel and what we should see in Puno. We said good bye to the pussies, grabbed a quick breakfast in the bakery and jumped in a cab to the terminal. Which turned into another nightmare - we got there at 12 as requested, at 12.15 went to try and get through the gates, where the security guy wouldn’t accept our tickets. He then ran around the gate, gave them to the police who wandered off upstairs with them, there was total confusion as one guy was saying that there ... read more
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South America » Peru » Puno » Puno May 14th 2010

Another example of lost in translation - at breakfast we were offered scrambled eggs instead of papaya juice in case we hadn't liked the juice the day before. An interesting trade off - but they had observed correctly as Chris drunk none of his the day before. I was however looking forward to mine so ordered one juice and one portion of eggs. The Spanish was all very simple and straightforward, so were utterly bemused when we received a juice and portion of eggs each! As well as our bread, butter and jam and my te con leche (tea with milk, literally just that - no hot water, just tea and hot milk.. starting to really enjoy it). With a few hours before our bus to Puno, what else could we do but shop - some ... read more
Reunited Selfy!
Guinea Pig
Disgusted!

South America » Peru » Puno » Puno May 13th 2010

Big towers in a vast landscape on the high plateau. Built by the Collas, a Pre-Colombian culture. On a peninsula. And all towers watch the lake with their doors to the east where the sun rises. For the ancient Andean cultures death was not the end. ... read more
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South America » Peru » Puno » Puno April 28th 2010

sooooooo...that is not quite the truth because, as always, I am a little bit behind with my blogs and so it was quite a few nights ago now. But what a day. It was amazing. We spent the day travelling on Lake Titicaca, which is absolutley stunning. This huge Lake looks like the sea because it is so vast and has green mountainous areas as backdrop. It was truly beautiful, albeit a little breezy. We still enjoyed some time on the top of the boat gazing out into the blueness. The origin of the name Titicaca is unknown. It has been translated as "Rock Puma ", allegedly because of its resemblence to the shape of a puma hunting a rabbit, combining words from the local languages Quechua and Aymara. We reached Taquille Island and had lunch ... read more




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