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Oct 21, 2019 - Birding, Overlook, Sillustani tombs, farm visit, airport

Cindy had the curtains open to try to get pictures of the night sky and, hopefully, the Milky Way. She wasn't so successful with that, but she got a great sunrise picture! I was up for breakfast at 7 AM then birding with Kike at 8 down by the river. Cindy saw her many-colored rush tyrant. I saw little birds, but wasn't so successful with pictures. I was happy to see both the male and female flicker this morning, some doves, and a cute little bird. After a leisurely morning, checkout was at noon with lunch to follow. We went by bus in the...

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Oct 20, 2019 - Floating islands on the lake

After breakfast, we walked down from the hotel to an enclosed tourist boat to see the floating islands in a bay near us. We were greeted by members of a family living on an island, and they explained how the islands are built. At the end of the rainy season, the roots of the tall reeds float! The people cut the roots into cubes and transport them to their island to either replace old ones or add on to their island or build a completely new one. They have to tie the cubes back together, then lay reeds on top of the roots. So, the roots are 6...

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Oct 19, 2019 - Journey to Lake Titicaca

Another very early morning. Debby got up with us and saw us off on the bus. She will be spending the day with Percy by visiting a llama zoo before her trip to Lima and then to Chicago, via Miami. I will be rooming with Cindy for the last couple of night. We took a van actually to the bus station and made up half of the seating. Our first stop was at a church called the Sistine Chapel of the Andes in Andahualillas. It has a lot of gold leaf covering the items. The next stop was at another church where we couldn't take pictures again. I wish...

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Feb 15, 2019 - Puno: we are REALLY in the heights!

So, as many of you know, Barb and I tend to travel a bit on the cheap side; as an example, our current hotel is costing $26/night. For two people. I have always found the rooms to be clean, the staff welcoming and friendly. In fact the only time I have ever seen bedbugs was in a pricy hotel room in Vancouver, Canada. However, where I find this always to be a gamble is in... the bathroom. Specifically, the shower. Call it a foible of mine, but it can be 110 outside and I still do not want a cold shower. This is often a source of amazement to...

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Feb 14, 2019 - Traversing the plain to Puno

We left Arequipa at 8:45am; a much more civilized hour, if you ask me, and traveling the byways of Peru to land in Puna. This is where Lake Titicaca is located, and at 12556 feet elevation feels quite challenging. My legs feel like heavy weights, I feel lightheaded and headachy. On the plus size no nausea and vomiting, which I am told can be common initially. The sensation will pass hopefully soon; Barb and I have been upping our caffeine and chewing the local coca leaves, which is supposed to help. We shall see... We left Arequipa (a mere...

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Oct 20, 2018 - Puno- Lake Titicaca

A beautiful view of lake Titicaca from our room this morning with Guinea pigs running around on the back lawn, maybe like those restaurants where you choose your fresh fish from the tank. After breakfast we were taken at 7am to the port where we boarded one of the many boats heading out on tours into the lake. It was a 36 seater boat with many nationalities on board with the main guide whose name was Cleaver, he was very informative and funny. Or first stop was Uros and into one of the many floating islands. The islands are made from...

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Moore's do Peru 2018

May 4, 2018 - May 4, 2018 – Puno, Peru

May 4, 2018 – Puno, Peru This morning was another early start. We left the hotel at 7. Our ride to the port where we boarded our boat for the Lake Titicaca experience was those little bicycle passenger cabs. It was fun, and also a bit scary given the heavy traffic. Our boat, the Calipso, would hold 32 passengers, but there were only the 9 of us plus the 2 guides. Since the 1st two stops were a National Geographic activity, we had a National Geographic Guide as well as Cheo. The boarding process was interesting. We had to climb over 2 boats...

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May 3, 2018 - May 3, 2018 – Cusco to Puno, Peru

May 3, 2018 – Cusco to Puno, Peru It was a long bus ride today. It was through the Sacred Valley which we learned last night at the Planetarium was formed by the Milky Way when it touched down to earth and formed the Urubamba River. Much of the landscape looked like eastern Colorado or any of the Plains States. We stopped at the Cusco City gates which were some 50 miles or so from the current city of Cusco. We were able to walk on the actual Inca Trail at that point. In fact, part of the highway runs along the Inca Trail in this area. The...

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Jan 28, 2018 - Tiquila Island

After having left the idilic setting of the Uros on the floating reed beds, we headed out by boat to the Tequila island in the centre of lake Titicaca. It's people there still follow the exact doctrine and traditions of the pre Inca period. The people still dress to the exact codes laid down over millennia. The style, colour, hat and bags all have an exact status of hirachy and martial position. Only the men knit and sew and only the women spin and weave. Also if a boy wants to date a girl he has to sew a band so tight that it will hold...

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Jan 27, 2018 - Lake Titicaca

Arrived at the Libertor Hotel which is in a remote Penisular overlooking the reed beds. I am up at 05:30 still pinching myself to think that we are here in a place I'd only dreamed about or saw on some National Geographic TV program. Just missed a beautiful sunrise over the reed beds but raring to go out to the meet the peoples of Uros and their handmade floating homes made of Totora reeds. Our group of 6 were presented to a family onto their floating home.(island). There are 92 floating islands joined into a main water street, upon the...

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Nov 9, 2017 - Lago Titicaca

Nach grandioser Klettettour auf den Huaxna Picchu und Ruinenführung in Machu Picchu, einem echten Weltwunder, gings via Cudco nach Arequipa. Viel Smog, 2 Hausvulkane und eine toller Plaza de Armas mit besonderen Strassenbildern aus weissem Sillarstein. Dazu eine Besichtigung des legendären Santa Katalina Klosters- als Labyrinthspiel gestaltet- und ein geschlossenes Erlebnisbad... Also weiter zu den Kondoren. Chivay und Colca Canyon. Eine tolle Busfahrt mit Stops in 4900m Höhe, bei Lama- und Vicunaherden auf dem Altiplano. Wirklich eine...

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May 20, 2016 - on to Puno, Peru

A early start this morning picked before brestfast by the Bolivia Hop on Hop Off bus company leaving La Paz heading to Copaccabana the last town in Bolivia. We take a small boat across lake Titicaca and our bus takes a wooden raft, a lunch stop in Copacabana then on a small boat to Isla Del sol and back to our bus. Then it is off for trip to the border crossing into Peru, everything went well all the people got out of Bolivia and into Peru with no probems, Great. We get on a nice bigger bus heading to Puno a trip of about 3 hours, get into...

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South America 2016

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