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South America » Peru » Puno » Puno October 14th 2018

We got up at the ungodly hour of 2:30 AM went down to the hotel lobby to get our box breakfast and coffee while we waited to be picked up at the hotel at 3 AM and driven to the Lima airport. We were 12 groggy travelers leaving for Puno in this group, while another Kaypi group of 10 left later for an 8 AM departure. Someone must have told Kaypi we were the adventurous group giving us the earlier departure. Elias, our new guide from Kaypi Peru, met us at the Puno airport and gave those of us who had had enough coffee plenty of information about the area. Puno is located on a high plateau. The Puno airport has an altitude of 12,300 feet so we were instructed to be sure to drink a ... read more
Political signs on way to Puno
Children's parade for the Celebration of the Child Day on Parade Square in Puno
Quechua woman in the traditional bowler hat, Puno

South America » Peru » Puno » Puno October 14th 2018

By 7 AM, after a quick breakfast, (mine was coca tea and toast with honey, I could barely eat a thing due to altitude sickness) we were back on the bus on the road to Cusco, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, via the high Andes mountains. Cusco, at a purported 11,000 feet, those of us struggling with altitude sickness were looking forward to this change in elevation! As our bus progressed north through the grassy plateaus I could see some very big mountains on the horizon. Although I had done my research and printed a chart of all the major destinations and their altitudes, I did not record the “minor” stops along the way. After drinking plenty of water over the two hour bus ride we arrived in Pucara (elevation 12,664 feet…we were climbing!) for a ... read more
Pucara Bulls sit on the roof for protection
The Vicuna Llama of Peru
Here I am at 14,222.44 feet elevation on the border of the regions of Puno and Cusco

South America » Peru » Puno » Puno September 20th 2018

Today we take a public bus from Cusco to Puno, about a nine hour trip. However the bus exceeds expectations. It is a double decker bus with spacious seats that recline to ‘160 degrees’. We have seats up the top near the front so we get a good view of everything passing by. The countryside continues to be big, open and dry with many villages and farmlets along the way. It is warm on the bus so everyone is stripped back to singlets and shorts and a fair amount of napping takes place. There is a toilet on board which is simple but seems to keep fairly clean - perhaps due to a lack of holding tank. Lunch is at a roadside diner - Mike, our guide, knows the traps well enough to take our orders ... read more
Big landscapes on the way to Puno
 The seedy town of Juliaca
Big landscapes on the way to Puno

South America » Peru » Puno » Puno June 30th 2018

Farewell Peru: The Final Stop Lake Titicaca (29/06/2018 - 01/07/2018) Lake Titicaca, apart from having a hilarious name, is the highest navigable lake in the World. At an elevation of 3,812m, it crosses into both Peru and Bolivia. Believed to be the birthplace of the Incas, the lake is a very sacred and beautiful place. Interesingly, in Aymaran (the old local language here) the word “titi” translates as “puma”, and “caca” means “gray”. In Aymaran, Titicaca is actually pronounced as "titi-haha".. though I'm not sure if that makes it any less entertaining. Sitting on this pretty lake are 120 impressive floating islands made of reeds, home to the brightly dressed, indigenous Uros people. The Uros make these islands from dried totora reeds, woven and roped together to make a 1-2 meter thick platform to ensure it ... read more
Uros
Solar Panels
Un Perrito

South America » Peru » Puno » Puno September 28th 2017

We travelled down from Ecuador via one of the most efficient border posts ever ... some things do change apparently. We headed for the beach and ended up in Mancora, a former fishing village turned into a Peruvian surf beach town. The place is famous (in Peru and beyond) for the waves and especially for the opportunity to kitesurf very long waves. There was enough wind to do some kitesurfing but there were no waves so that was quite disappointing. We enjoyed the seafood, walked the long stretch of beach and after a few days jumped into a bus to Trujillo. Trujillo is a city with both beautiful colonial architecture and pre-Inca ruins all around. We visited some museums and some huge ruins. Parts of these were remarkably well saved from the elements and it was ... read more
Mancora beach
Mancora beach
Mancora fishing village

South America » Peru » Puno » Puno April 4th 2017

David here... The bus journey from Arequipa was around 6.5 hours and was comfortable enough. We got a light lunch of a chicken sandwich and a cake on the bus plus a drink of tea. It was mid-afternoon when we arrived at Puno, our final destination in Peru. On the shores of Lake Titicaca, it seemed such an evocative place. We'd booked 4 nights, thinking we would find some great hikes, views and space. Our first impressions of Puno were not great as we passed through on the coach. It looked dusty, drab and like any typical border town. The 15 minute walk to the hotel did nothing to dispel our fears. What had we done? 4 nights here when we might have been better using a couple in the Sacred Valley or Colca regions. We ... read more
Puno Plaza de Armas
Puno Plaza de Armas
Puno Plaza de Armas - Cathedral

South America » Peru » Puno » Puno June 4th 2016

Today breakfast 730 leaving at 8. We still had our private bus so that was really good. The drive to Puno was 6-7 hours and we stopped every 2 - 2 1/2 hours for toilet and snack breaks. We did see some flamingoes on a lake however were on a bridge so unable to stop for photos. Andreas said there is usually more of them around. Most of Puno housing was pretty ugly but the plaza and shopping street seemed quite nice and it was big and felt safe. We dropped our bags at the hotel and headed for lunch. The room keys here were really cute. Little Spanish ladies stuffed dolls in dresses and you have to lift the dress to find your room number written underneath. My room was up 5 flights of stairs. ... read more
One of our stops on the way to Puno
One of our stops on the way to Puno
One of the stops on the way to Puno

South America » Peru » Puno » Puno March 12th 2016

Gearing ourselves up for tonight's trip to the floating islands includes having a stockpile of coco leaf tea to help with this altitude sickness The colour is not the most enticing but the flavour is ok...... read more

South America » Peru » Puno » Puno March 12th 2016

Hat and I nipped out this morning to collect loads of goodies from street venders, as we are travelling to the Uris islands around lunchtime and we think it might be tricky to find a bakery amounts the reeds. We bought chicken pasties with chilli and limes, quails eggs, and a range of pastries. Everyone was happy. Then took a taxi down to the port and waited by a lighthouse for our guide. Interestingly, there was a long black and white ship moored up, called Yavari. Turns out that it was made in Brum in 1862 and shipped over the Andes on mules which took six years to complete.... read more
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South America » Peru » Puno » Puno March 11th 2016

The air was so thin that I couldn't sleep a wink. Every time my breathing slowed down I had to wake up to take a deep gasp. Fortunately, the kids and Cas were able to sleep through. Cas woke with a headache and we are both feeling the effects of attitude sickness; it's like having a very bad hangover. There was a bowl of coco leaves next to the hot water at breakfast and I'd read that drinking coco tea can help. They look like bay leaves and the taste is very mild. We had a wander around Puno and went to visit a quirky exhibition of traditional costumes. However, it was empty when we arrived. The kids are clearly going through a growth spurt, Hat in particular, as their attention quite quickly turned to 'are ... read more
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