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South America » Peru » Puno November 19th 2015

Geo: -15.8422, -70.0199San Pedro de Atacama to Lake Titicaca, Peru. 10 - 18 November 2015 San Pedro proved a relaxing place to stay. We went on a night star gazing activity. It was interesting, providing a 20 minute talk about what we might see, then looking through telescopes and binoculars. We had a number of constellations pointed out to us such as Scorpio, Sagittarius, Aries, Aquarius, Taurus and Pisces. The two presenters kept saying we had to use our imaginations to 'see' these and that was definitely true! I believe it was the Babylonians who originally devised the Zodiac signs to identify constellations. They must have been using very special substances if they could 'see' the shapes as they described. For me the best view was of the binary star system, Antares. They are two stars ... read more
Plaza de Armas
Volcano behind Catedral.
The Jesuit cloisters - now shops.

South America » Peru » Puno » Puno November 17th 2015

From where I finished last time we had one more day in Cusco and we saw some other sites in the sacred valley. The one I had been looking forward to most was Tipon and it proved to be the highlight of the day. It is another terraced hillside for growing crops and used for experimentation like Moray, but this one has a working irrigation system. It was cool to see how the channels worked to provide water for all of the crops and I just love it when things so old still work. From the crisp cool air of the Andean highlands we took off for the humid Amazon jungle. Our destination was Puerto Maldonado and when we got off the plane a number of touts were calling out for our business. We had a ... read more
Stevensons at Tipon
Auxiliary braking system
First day in Puerto Maldonado - Kayaking

South America » Peru » Puno » Puno November 2nd 2015

I never thought anywhere could overtake the Pacific Northwest as containing the most beautiful landscapes I have laid my eyes on but I think Bolivia has done it. The Andean region of western Bolivia is a mix of plunging valleys, enormous mountains, and dusty plains that ultimately spread toward Lake Titicaca. During our mere 2 weeks in the country, and after leaving Salay de Uyuni, we took the opportunity to visit three small towns that wrapped us in some of this beauty. We also stayed in La Paz, where we met up and stayed with traveller extraordinaire and all-round good guy Alfredo, whom we stayed with in the house of Pratik in Lalitput, Nepal, all the way back at the start of the year. After leaving Uyuni we took an overnight train to Oruro then hopped ... read more
The long and winding road to Pongo.
Quick stop for this unposed photo.
From the ridge.

South America » Peru » Puno » Lake Titicaca October 28th 2015

How I got there:So after the success of Peru Hop I decided to go again with the company to do the "Bolivia Hop" from Cusco to La Paz it cost $59. It has stops in Puno & Cococabana before it gets to La Paz. We met at 21:30 outside the Bolivia hop office (about 20m from my hostel!) & they checked us in & photocopied our passports making sure we still had our Peru immigration form from entering the country. Then minibuses took us to the main bus (Cuzco streets are too narrow for it). Once on we headed to Puno & arrived for breakfast at appx 5:45 getting to the port at 6:30. What I did: I was doing a homestay so stayed on the bus waiting for my guide whilst everyone who was doing ... read more
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South America » Peru » Puno » Puno August 1st 2015

Distance driven today: 195miles / 314km Cumulative distance driven: 11,755 miles / 18,918 km Today’s trip: Arequipa to Puno, Peru Wild lamas spotted along the road: many We spent the morning walking around the center of Arequipa. With its colonial buildings surrounding the main square, and the Saturday military and indigenous parades (quite a combination if you ask me), the center of the city had a truly vibrant feeling. Apart from having a proper cup of coffee each, and taking pictures with an indigenous woman and her son (and baby sheep and baby Lama), we walked the city center taking in the atmosphere of this backpacker Mecca. It is always a good sign when a city has lots of small shops competing with each other to offer various sorts of tours to backpackers. That’s when you ... read more
Zoe with two indigenous and a baby lamb in Arequipa
Altiplano - South America's  mountain plateau
Aymara people at Arequipa parade

South America » Peru » Puno July 1st 2015

Trong chuyen di nay toi dinh ghe den Bolivia va Brazil va toi da mua ve roi cach day 1 thang , tuy nhien cuoi cung toi biet duoc xin visa vao Brazil rat lau va toi khong du thi gio lam nhu vay nen toi di khong duoc danh bo ve may bay da mua va doi di Peru thay vi Brazil. Peru toi da den cach day 4 nam. Con Bolivia la nuoc Nam My cuoi cung ma toi chua den va do la ly do toi di trong chuyen di nay. Bolivia: Bolivia 60F 58F, 1$Us=7 Boliviano Thu do cua Bolivia la La Paz nhung thanh pho lon nhat la Santa Cruz De la sierra. Co 4 thu tieng chinh noi tai day la Spanish, Quecua, Anymara va guarani. Da so noi Spanish. ... read more
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South America » Peru » Puno » Lake Titicaca » Uros Island June 22nd 2015

Hi All, Pick-up from hostel was at 7am, they turned up a little late but still turned up!! They dropped us off at the main pontoon harbor terminal. Here we met our guide and he walked us down to our motorboat to the Uros Floating Islands. It took only 30 mins to get to the floating island and once there, had approximately 1h30 hours with the locals explaining how the islands came about, by tying the reads and roots together once they break free on the lake bottom to create the main base and building upon them layer by layer. We had the opportunity to buy their locally made crafts too. The islands were amazing especially seeing how they have built something out of nothing. We continued on to Taquile Island across the Inca’s sacred lake ... read more
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South America » Peru » Puno » Lake Titicaca » Taquile Island June 19th 2015

Bang on time the taxi arrived and whisked us off to the port where we joined a group and were ushered onto a boat. The boat turned out to really nice and comfortable, not the wooden plank seats I'd been expecting. A pan pipe player greeted us followed by an English speaking guide. We soon reached the first floating reed island. As we stepped off the boat the ground was really springy beneath our feet. The sun was shining but it was still quite cold. The bare footed woman in traditional costume gestured us to sit on bales of reeds and proceeded to demonstrate how the islands are made. As the reeds rot from below the island is replenished by adding more reeds to the surface. The reed houses only last about ten months then the ... read more
Being greeted by pan pipes at the start of the trip
Being greeted onto the island
Talk on how the reed floating islands are made

South America » Peru » Puno » Puno June 19th 2015

Time to move on again. We'd booked our bus ticket to Arequipa two days in advance and got the pick of the seats so chose two front ones. Our taxi dropped us off at the bus station with a good 45 minutes to spare so nothing could go wrong - could it? Wrong! We were ushered immediately to another ticket desk had our tickets changed and then rushed at break neck speed to the departure tax window then onto a waiting bus. We protested we needed water so were ushered back to a stall where we bought 2 litres - much needed for the long hot bus journey. When we got on the bus our allocated bus seats 1 & 2 were occupied. That,s when we realised that as the tickets were changed so were our ... read more

South America » Peru » Puno » Lake Titicaca April 9th 2015

Lake Titicaca is at an altitude of 3810m and considered the world's largest high-altitude lake. It was a quick stop in Puno, so we wanted to make sure we say the Uros Floating Islands. There we met our new friends from the UK ( that we met in San Pedro de Atacama) and spent the day and dinner with them. So wonderful to see them again. There are about 80 artificial islands made of totora. The islands are built with using layers of the buoyant totora reeds that grow abundantly in the shallows of the lake. We took a small boat to where the islands are are floating. We got off at one island, the Uros people gave us a fascinating demonstration of how they build the islands, homes, boats, and furniture.... read more
Our friends from UK
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Max and I there boats they call "there Mercedes"




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