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South America » Peru » Puno May 17th 2014

Woke up and all the laundry we washed in the bathtub was dry -- yeah! We had a traditional breakfast buffet and the best part was the great views of Lake Titicaca and the hillside above Puno. And, there were several llamas and alpacas grazing on the lawn. The views were almost as good as the lit hillsides the night before at dinner. Ruben picked us up and took us to the launch area and we bought water for ourselves and chocolate and rice for our hosts on the island of Amantani. The boat had a capacity of 25 and we ended up with 20 passengers. There was a seating area on the roof and in the stern that could accommodate six at one time. Our first leg was about 30 minutes to the floating reed ... read more
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South America » Peru » Puno May 17th 2014

Freddy met us at the hotel and we had a cup of coffee together as we discussed the rest of our trip. He said he would be "following" us until we got to Iquitos. He took us to our tourist bus and we left Cusco behind. Our tour guide, Coco, spent the first 30 minutes telling us about what we would see and then would break-in along the way adding tidbits as we passed villages or landmarks. This would be a 9-1/2 hour luxury bus with five scheduled stops. A short distance from Cusco, we passed through the small town of Chuta, famous for its one-foot round loaves of bread. Tanya, our hostess, gave all of us a sample which was slightly sweet and very good. There were many women selling these along the roadside. Our ... read more
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South America » Peru » Puno » Lake Titicaca » Taquile Island May 11th 2014

Hello followers! How's it all going in the sunburnt country these days? Sorry that it has taken a while for me to bring you all up to date. Very hard to catch up a week when everything is still busy. Really want to thank you for reading my blogs too :)! It is great to see the stats and know that I won't have to repeat myself a 100 times when I get home LOL! But seriously, it gives me a warm fuzzy feeling knowing that you are on this journey with me - from kids, to relatives, friends, teamies, workmates & I guess the occasional boss too! So let's get down to the business of telling you all about the Puno region. Ummm... Puno the city itself is nothing really amazing. It has a slightly ... read more
Floating island....
Loving the boat ride!
One of the floating islands

South America » Peru » Puno » Lake Titicaca May 5th 2014

5-7 May 2014 Monday through Wednesday. We were again faced with another early start of a day...5:40 am with a rendezvous with the luxury bus that would he take us to Puno on Lake Titicaca departing at 7:20 am. Our tour agent used Wonder bus, a competitor to the Inca Express. We would have five stops along the way, arriving in Puno about 5 pm. The first was the town of Andahuaylillas where the interior of the 17th century church is compared to the Sistine Chapel, with paintings of the Last Judgement and extensive wall decorations. While interesting and different, I've seen the Sistine Chapel and this is no Sistine Chapel. Next we stopped in Raqchi at the Inca ruins known as the Temple of God Wiracocha, who was the supreme god. This city was on ... read more
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Souvenirs for sale at La Raya Pass

South America » Peru » Puno » Lake Titicaca April 15th 2014

Days 56 -57 we had a fun start to the day when our group left our hotel in a convoy of 2 man peddle powered cyclos for a quick trip down to the port for our tour of Lake Titicaca. We were joined by our guide, John, who is an expert in the history & culture for these regional communities. We started out by slow motor boat in dead calm & warm conditions although the water temperature is a constant cold 9-10 deg. After a short cruise our first stop off was to visit the Uros floating islands. The Uros natives originally moved north to Puno thousands of years ago & were happily settled there until the Spanish arrived & who needed a constant supply of slave labour to mine the rich lodes of silver that ... read more
Reed Island - Uros
Floating island structure demonstration
Boat load of new reeds

South America » Peru » Puno » Lake Titicaca April 13th 2014

Day 55. We farewelled Cuzco with fond memories with a mini van trip to the bus station for a 7 hrs trip by local bus firstly back-tracking to Juliaca before heading further into the highlands and Puno. The high altiplano scenery to Puno was dramatic. Not such a comfortable bus as it's not a regular route & along the way Ruth had her first onboard toilet experience & while able to borrow a head-torch & toilet paper a nose peg was unable to be found. Puno is located on the shores of Lake Titicaca, and is a melting pot of Aymara and Quechuan Indian culture. Traditional Andean customs are still strongly represented here & is the reason why we will be doing a home stay here with a traditional Indian family. Lake Titicaca is the highest ... read more

South America » Peru » Puno » Puno March 3rd 2014

27 February 2014 Thursday - Puno, Peru We did not expect much of Puno as the guidebooks and internet sites didn’t have much good to say about it, probably because it doesn’t have a clutch of magnificent Spanish colonial Catholic Churches or a bunch of museums or fabulous squares. We were, however, pleasantly surprised on our initial walkabout. One of the criteria we use to make an initial assessment of a town or city is if there are more interesting-looking restaurants than we will have the time to visit during our stay there. Accordingly, Puno looks very promising and under-rated by the travel guides. We had finally arrived at around 2am. We had met a young Belgian couple, Heyvaert and Bernard, who were also on a long-term Latin American journey, while waiting to board the bus ... read more
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South America » Peru » Puno » Lake Titicaca » Uros Island February 24th 2014

With 1:30pm bus tickets purchased to get us from Copacobanna to Puno, it wasn't long before we soon realised things weren't right. As we turned up to get on our bus, there were no Puno bound busses. Confused, we asked around and eventually were told that all busses to Puno had been cancelled due to local strikes...great (not)! Furnished with the option of catching a bus for one hour, walking through the strike area with our bags for three hours, then catching another bus the other side for another two hours, or waiting until 6pm for a direct bus with no stops, it seemed like a no brainier. 6pm arrived and the same chaos ensued; once again we were faced with the same prospect. We decided to bite the bullet, get on the bus and face ... read more
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South America » Peru » Puno » Lake Titicaca January 21st 2014

Puno en provinsby i Peru - den ligger ned til den enorme Titikaka sø og som ofte er udgangspunkt for ture til de mange øer. Lidt billeder fra byen, den klassiske park foran Catadralen, smuk gadebelægning, udsigtspunkt med den mægtige Condor, det lokale kødmarked, lidt coca the og ikke mindst udsigt til håndværkere fra Hotellets restaurant - de arbejder i 6 sals højde i gummistøvler og uden diverse sikkerheds foranstaltninger !!!! - Tror nok lige at arbejdstilsynet kunne få travlt her i Peru. Titikaka er verdens højst beliggende sø- Søen strækker sig ind i Bolivia og har et areal paa 8300km" og ligger i 3800 meters højde. Lyset er fantastisk og luften er meget tynd. Titikakka søen har i alt 41 øer, hvoraf nogle er de berømte sivøer, her har Uros folket boet i århundreder. Det ... read more
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South America » Peru » Puno » Puno January 16th 2014

Luksus togtur - Fra Cusco til Puno ved Titikaka søen, med Peru Rail- Andean Explorer. Det er indtil dato den mest luksuriøse togtur vi nogensinde har været på - det var som taget ud af en Agatha Christi film med swing musik fra 40 erne, 5 stjernet menu og toiletter så fine, at man straks får lyst til at sende DSB et foto. Toget som er bygget i slutningen af 1800 tallet og restaureret således, at det i dag fremstår som dengang, det kun var forbeholdt de meget rige... Der er åben togsalon, hvor man kan sidde at nyde en drink eller bare den fantastiske udsigt - toget kører kun max 60 km i timen, så det er blot en forfriskende brise, at sidde udendørs. Vi passerede smukke landskaber og små landsbyer. Alt i alt, alle ... read more
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