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South America » Peru » Puno » Lake Titicaca August 24th 2013

“Travel is flight and pursuit in equal parts” Another early morning start, breakfast at 6am, than off for the day boating around Lake Titicaca. What a wonderfully relaxing holiday we are having! The hours turn into days and the days turn into weeks. I don’t know what day or date it is, my only connection with time is the watch on Sue’s wrist. I think we are still in Peru but I don’t really care. Am writing this on a bus heading for Bolivia and am having the time of my life. The boat leaves from Puno harbor where the water is very shallow and this is where the famous reed islands are. The locals build floating islands to live on and everything else necessary for existence; houses, boats, beds etc. What a life! We stop ... read more
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South America » Peru » Puno » Puno August 23rd 2013

Dragging ourselves out of bed we head for the train station. Instead of staying in Cusco to recover from the fatigue of our trek we have decided to go up market and ride one of the great train journeys of the world - Cusco to Puno. The cost is $150 per person, but what the hell, we need some pampering after the Inca trail. I have booked the tickets online and have printed them out so no mistake can be made but on presentation to the conductor he informs us that the tickets are for reverse travel - from Puno to Cusco and to make matters worse this leg of the journey is another $100. He whisks us off to the ticket office to see what can be done. The ticket officer informs us that seats ... read more
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South America » Peru » Puno » Lake Titicaca » Taquile Island August 19th 2013

17 Aug Day 5: Lake Titicaca Puno The end of a couple of busy days. We had a minor disappointment yesterday. When our itinerary said we were sleeping on an island, because of the way it was written we assumed (didn't read it closely enough) that we would be on the Uros floating islands. WRONG. We ended up on a solid earth island. It was still good though as we got to walk up to the two top peaks of the island ending up at around 4,150 meters. Its just a shame that the lintels weren't so high. We just about had to kneel down to get through the door of the room the boys were in. BUT we had the mirror - Maryalina and Liz didn't - nah nah nah nah nah. The score was ... read more
Uros traditions being kept alive on Dry land
Local transport
One of the Islands

South America » Peru » Puno » Puno August 16th 2013

16th of August Day 4: Chivay to Colca Canyon to Puno Well here we are in Puno after a very long day. We started the day Chivay in the Colca Valley. After a 6:00 am our guide and driver took us to the 'Cruz del Condor', a natural viewpoint opposite the nesting-sites of the famous Andean Condors. We arrive in time to see these majestic birds launch themselves into the Canyon as they set out on their day's hunt. Both the birds and the canyon are spectacular. At this location the canyon is 1,200 metres deep. I got a couple of shots of the Condors but nothing like what Don got so I will down load his pictures and load them to the blog when I can. After spending more time in the Canyon, we returned ... read more
Local Ducks
These are wild camelids
Don't they look pretty

South America » Peru » Puno » Lake Titicaca » Taquile Island August 6th 2013

Hola hola! So after an overnight bus journey from Cusco, we arrived in Puno in the early hours of the day. We nearly got onto the wrong bus as we were trying to pick a bus that most appealed to us! However, in the end we were directed to the right one. To be honest, the bus ride was pretty comfortable with the seats reclining to almost 180 degrees and the heating on. We met our tour guide, Moses, and the rest of our group, and got onto a boat to the Uros islands on Lake Titicaca. Moses was quite the comical tour guide with lots of random facts and figures! Eg lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world, meaning the highest lake a boat can sail on. It's 3400m above sea level, ... read more

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South America » Peru » Puno » Lake Titicaca » Uros Island July 13th 2013

The bus from Copacabana to Puno was just 3 1/2 hours including the boarder crossing. The route followed along the edge of lake Titicaca. We were expecting Puno to be similar to Copacabana but it is quite a bit bigger (approx 100,000 people). We arrived at 3.30pm and set out on a boat immediately to visit the Floating Islands. The highlight of Puno is the floating reed islands (called the Uros) on the lake which have been home to indiginous people for hundreds of years. Today the people who live on the islands don´t live the hunter gatherer lifestyle of their ancestors. Instead they survive solely from tourism, charging for visits to the islands, offering boat rides on traditional reed boats and selling artisan goods. We only spent one night here and set off early the ... read more
Reed Boat
On our way to the floating islands.
On our way to floating islands.

South America » Peru » Puno » Lake Titicaca » Uros Island June 15th 2013

Up at 6am. Had breakfast with the family. They really do have very modest living conditions. We had a pancake and fried bread. The mother then walked us down to the boat which was to leave at 7am. It took a couple of hours by boat to get to Uros Islands which are the floating Islands made from reeds. They really are amazing. There is hundreds of these small islands. The one we visited had 6 families living on it. They showed us how the islands are made, which I have put in the photos. James & I went for a ride in the reed boats. We then went back to Puno. They had markets in a lot of the streets so we went down and walked through them. They had food in some streets, clothing ... read more
How they form islands
Uros Islands
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South America » Peru » Puno » Lake Titicaca » Taquile Island June 14th 2013

Left the hotel at 7am and caught a Tutu down to the port. We nearly ran over a lady. Bit scarey with all the other traffic around. The boat ride to Tequela Island took about 3 hrs. We apparently had the very slow boat. Hydrofoils can do it in 1/2 hour. We got of and walked to the top of the island to the main square. It is a communal island. The men knit the handicrafts. Most of the island is terraced. Walked across the other side of the island where we had lunch. It was very nice. Quinoea Soup and then trout. Trout was introduced to the lake as the native fish are very small. They are starting to eat the native fish now. After lunch we walked down to the boat and then went ... read more
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Tequela island
Lunch on Tequela Island

South America » Peru » Puno » Puno June 13th 2013

Caught a mini bus down to the depot where we caught a bus. It is only 389 kms but took about 8 hrs. Had 1 stop of about 20 minute. Nothing real exciting for the day. Driving into Puno couldn´t believe how many unfinished houses there were. I said 80% James says more like 90%.... read more

South America » Peru » Puno » Puno June 11th 2013

Now with pictures!!! ________________________________ (Post by Mike) Hi all! I know it has been a while since I last posted. We have been in some locations with dodgy or non-existent Internet connections, and also doing a bit of trekking which by design is sans Wi-Fi. But now that Jess and I are comfortable in Cusco for the next couple of days, I am going to try to get some posts in highlighting some of the most memorable components of our trip. After some incredible experiences in Bolivia - salt flats, silver mines, watching a city festival in Sucre, relaxing in a beautiful little home facing the beach in Copacabana - it was time to cross the border over to our 2nd country, Peru. Our bus stopped at the border and left us to walk over after ... read more
Mike´s Favorite Car (aka the Bar Car)
Mike Approving of the Posh Digs
Enjoying the View




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