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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

South America » Peru » Puno » Lake Titicaca June 6th 2013

Arriving back in La Paz after the Pampas tour and I was quick to catch up with friends and plan to leave that same day for Copacabana, no more getting stuck in La Paz for me. So after welcome shower at the hostel I left my bag with, breakfast and catching up with the world after 4days of no Facebook. The five of us squished into a minibus full of locals along with our backpacks to the bus station. A mere 3 hour bus ride to the gorgeous city of Copacabana and travelling with 4 boys of course the priority was food, so we dumped our bags and went straight to the market. We finally found someone serving food and having heard so much about the trout, it was easy ordering. There was a good reason ... read more

South America » Peru » Puno » Lake Titicaca May 8th 2013

Lake Titikaka from the other side of the border in Peru. Tamani and Taquile keep going at their own pace and very own traditional culture - especially knitting from both the women and men community of the island.... read more
Tamani & Taquile
Tamani & Taquile
Tamani & Taquile

South America » Peru » Puno » Lake Titicaca April 29th 2013

We lovingly left La Paz early in the morning, bound for the town of Copacobana situated on the Bolivian side of Lake Titicaca, the worlds largest high altitude lake. The lake itself is over 8400 sq km, the size of a very small country or a very large city which ever way you look at it. During the 3 hour journey we had views of the lake for 75% of the time and we could see the extent of its vastness. With the 3 hour journey over and done with we pulled into Copacobana at mid day, feeling both ill and tired. Something had made us bot ill, wether it be food or water we hadn't the faintest idea, all we knew was that we needed bed. We quickly had something to eat, the traditional Trucha ... read more

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South America » Peru » Puno » Lake Titicaca April 26th 2013

Another 600 metres or so higher than Cusco, altitude sickness again dogs Lesia but to a lesser extent. Top front seats in the bus afforded great views of the Andes country side and Lake Titicaca on arrival to Puno. Our fast boat tour of the lake and Uros floating reed islands was good; very touristy but good. The native people there reminded us strongly of the Hammong (mountain people of North Vietnam around Sapa. I found the history and construction of the floating reed islands fascinating. A trek across one of the Islands (yes there were lots of steps) and a locally prepared lunch also featured to round out the tour out. A 9.30pm overnight sleeper bus return to Cusco completed a very long day. A life saver was our Puno Hotel lodging who allowed us ... read more
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South America » Peru » Puno » Lake Titicaca March 31st 2013

Hi, we are now all in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, but it was not an easy task to get out of Bolivia and into Peru, below is a bit from me, Gerardo and Howard...enjoy. Getting out of Bolivia was a mission for everyone, as protesters had blocked the road, they let the motos through, but not me in the chase truck......so I had to return to LaPaz and take another border crossing that I had never done and in the dark. The drive from La Paz to the border was about the most dangerous drive I have ever done! I even put my seat belt on!!! Darkness was descending and in that Dusky period where its not quite dark but not light enough to see clearly, no one bothered to put any lights on. ... read more
Largo Titicaca
Hurry up and wait
All aboard the leaky boat

South America » Peru » Puno » Puno March 15th 2013

Travel Surprises Spongy walks on floating islands, mythical Lake Titicaca, a wild ride to an archaeological site, the infamous Bolivian protest blockade, the kindness of strangers, and a meeting with a Travelblogger--Puno wasn't as boring as I thought it would be. I was in Bolivia and had planned to stay until my visa expired. However, a message from a Travelblog friend changed my plans, and I was to float to Peru. Brendan Vermillion, bvchef, had written that he would be holidaying in Peru, had an actual travel schedule and wondered if we might meet. Realizing we could meet in Puno on Lake Titicaca, a lake shared by the two countries, I cut short my Bolivian sojourn. After all, I've got time and could return to Bolivia later. A Nefarious Journey I was in La Paz, and ... read more
Reed boat on Uros Island
Travelbloggers Brendan and I meet at last
Reed boat and on Lake Titcaca's Straits of Tiquina

South America » Peru » Puno » Lake Titicaca March 10th 2013

Although this blog is centered around Lake Titicaca, I have to back up a bit and ease into it. I flew from Cusco to Juliaca yesterday and had an hour taxi ride to Puno, where I am staying. The flight was nondescript, but the views from the window were far from it. We flew over snow covered mountains and once we reached our final descent and I had to put my camera away, there were the most incredible storm clouds. I knew that this was going to be an interesting place. For quite some time, and I messaged about meeting while I was down here. Tara has been in South America a long time and I have enjoyed her blogs and photos. It is always a shot in the dark to try to be in the ... read more
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On Uros Island
On Uros Island

South America » Peru » Puno » Lake Titicaca » Uros Island February 6th 2013

After spending a few days recovering in Arequipa I embarked upon a journey that even a logistics manager would probably be proud of. For Air Europa's incompetent luggage service it was the stuff of dreams. Over 25 hours and 850 miles of bus riding in three days, plus a plane ride. It was going to be tiring! Leaving Arequipa at 10.00pm I took a very comfortable Cruz Del Sur bus to Nazca which arrived at 7.00am the next morning. The Ultorsa & Cruz del Sur buses to be honest make the night travelling quite easy in Peru – they have lounges in the bus stations, onboard catering and entertainment and reclining chairs which are very similar to business class on a plane. I seem to be getting into quite a good routine with these – sleeping ... read more
Floating Islands
Rowing double decker reed boat
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