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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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Inca Trail at Racchi
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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South America » Peru » Puno » Lake Titicaca » Uros Island November 20th 2013

I posted a narrative of days 9 & 10 without pictures. Here are some to add to the narrative. ILYS... read more
REED BOAT
FLOATING ISLAND
OUR HOTEL ACROSS THE REEDS

South America » Peru » Puno » Puno November 17th 2013

I started day 9 in Cusco, leaving the beautiful Hotel Monasterio early to arrive at the train station in time to board the Andean Explorer train for a ten hour journey to Puno along the shores of Lake Titicaca. The train is built in the 1920's style and comfortably furnished with high-back chairs and large windows for viewing the impressive Andean scenery. There is an observation car in the back to truly reveal the tall mountains, rivers and farmland. The train made a short stop at remote Andean outpost at 14,173 feet elevation. We had a three course lunch on the train served at our tables by a very efficient crew. The train ride was for about 220 miles to get to Puno, a city of 100,000 at an elevation of 12,500 feet. It was dark ... read more

South America » Peru » Puno October 28th 2013

In der Früh regnete es, im September beginnt halt die Regenzeit in Peru. Aber ich hatte ganz andere Sorgen. Ich hatte nämlich am Donnerstag Abend noch einen Haufen Schmutzwäsche weggebracht. Im Hotel durften sie nur meine MR Jacke waschen, der Kleinkram ist mir dort zu teuer. Allerdings lebe ich völlig zeitlos, keine Ahnung, welcher Wochentag heute ist. Und drum war ich unangenehm überrascht, als ich gestern zu dem Laden ging und er war geschlossen. Es war halt auch Sonntag. Ich hoffte dann noch auf den Nachmittag, dann den Abend - nein, es war geschlossen. Als musste ich heute früh einfach so lange warten, bis die aufmachten. Das war dann kurz vor 9.00 und dann brach ich auf. Vorher hatten wir schon um 7.00 die MR aus dem Parkgelände geholt, damit der kleine Mann dort uns alle ... read more




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