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Jun 22, 2006 - Copacabana / Isla del Sol (Lago Titicaca)

despois de una noite casi congelandome en un autobus de Uyuni a La Paz (sin calefaccion co frio que fai!) e de non poder durmir a causa dos pes frios vin despertar a ciudad de La Paz. Interesante mirar o que fai a xente, mirar como montan os mercadillos, tomando un cafe con un bo desayuno e un periodico, eso e vida! Pola tarde aproveitei pra dar outro paseito pola ciudad, donde un nunca se aburra, porque todas as calles teñen mercados diferentes e ademais facia un solete como sempre en bolivia... pero o jueves decidin arrancar hacia...

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Nov 10, 2005 - Lake Titicaca, Peru

Since La Paz, I have met my GAP group and have travelled back to Peru. We are basd in a place called Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca (stone pemu in Quechan). Yesterday morning, we took a boat excursion around the islands of the Lake. The first port of call were the Uros Islands. This is a group of 20 islands made of reeds, yes reeds, layers and layers of them. The people who live on these islands have polynesian origins, and their fist language is Quechan (inca language). They cook and everything on these reeds, it's amazing. I was so...

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Nov 9, 2005 - Lake Titicaca

Hola amigos y famila, Last stop in Peru was a visit to Lake Titicaca (South Americas largest lake) and the largest lake in the world above 2000m (at 3820m). I took a 2 day tour visiting Islas Flotantes (the floating islands) of Uros. The islands are made of layers of totora reeds and are soft and springy to walk on (and quite damp). There are about 25 islands, inhabited by about 5000 people (but only about 5 are visited by tourists) and therefore quite touristy. The islands are also equipt with shops and schools. They use the reeds to make...

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The long way home

Jul 26, 2005 - Puno / Lake Titicaca

the boat left around 8:30 to the floating islands of the Uros people, Lake Titicaca's top tourist attraction (their popularity has led to shocking over-commercialization, but there is still nothing quite like them to be found anywhere else. More authentic reed islands still exist, these are located further from Puno, the islanders here continue to live in a relatively traditional fashion and prefer not to be visited!) An almost 4 hours boatride brought us to the island of Amantani, where the islanders came to the port to welcome us. I...

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Jul 19, 2005 - Peru - Bus from Arequipa to Puno (Juliaca)

The bus from Arequipa to Puno was an interesting one. We got to Juliaca, where there were strikes going on. The locals had blocked all the roads with boulders and broken glass so that no vehicles could pass. Our bus driver could not go any further so we had to set out on our own into the town to find alternative transport. We found a tricycle to take us to a little compound where minibuses were going to Puno. As we were loading up our belongings, one of the other minibuses returned with broken windows !! The locals had stoned the bus as it...

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Jul 11, 2005 - PEROU : Juliaca

Je reviens de La Paz avec la grippe, ca me fera un souvenir. Et Juliaca n`est toujours pas plus passionante qu`a l`aller... J`avais booke l`avion pour le lendemain matin pour ne pas stresser du retard que pourrait prendre le bus car il n`y avait qu`une heure entre l`arrivee du bus et l`heure ou il fallait etre a l`aeroport. Un couple d`americain a en effet stresse tout le trajet car on a evidemment pris beaucoup de retard. En fait on avait tous tout faux car, je m`en suis seulement souvenue le soir a l`hotel, il y avait une heure de moins...

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May 14, 2005 - PERU - Puno

The town of Puno is a small port on the shore of Lake Titicaca, 3800m above sea-level. For most people, it is a only a stopping point between Cusco and La Paz, in Bolivia, and as such there is little to do or to see there. However, most people take time to take a boat trip out onto the lake in order to visit the unique Islas Flotantes (floating islands). Made entirely of reeds, bound tightly together, the islands still support a population of approximately 200, although these days the tourist market is their main means of support. Being the...

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Apr 4, 2005 - Puno and Lake Titicaca

The busride to Puno was "interesting". Along the way from Cusco we would visit a few optional sightseeing spots such as colonial churches and Inca ruins. We were comforted by the fact that the bus company was called "first class", sounds good, we could use some comfort! On embarking, it appeared that some of the seats were double booked. After some time of confusion they found two seats for us. So off we went ! Despite the "first class" Volkswagen bus, it broke down at the first stop. It is amazing how inventive the busdrivers are in Peru....

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Feb 24, 2005 - Puno & Lake Titicaca, PERU

PUNO (Lake Titicaca) We arrived here to see the worlds highest navigable lake (3,820m) and world's largest above 2000m. The plan was to travel by boat to visit people who live on floating islands on the lake and spend one night with a family on one of the main islands.. When we arrived at the hostel we coincidently discovered we were staying next door to our Swedish friends we met in Brazil.. that got things off to a good start and we joined their trip.. also bumping into more people we had previously met in other places.. On our first...

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Feb 20, 2005 - Puno, Peru

OK, so Puno sucked. Although it's true that every city is amazing and wonderful in its own way (even the ugly ones; it's like what parents tell their kids no matter what), Puno really was really a corner-seated nosepicker. Its saving grace was its placement adjacent to Lake Titicaca, on which we sailed in a motorized boat for one and a half days and one night. Mountains protruded out of the clear and calm and crayon (blue kind) colored water. We first landed on Los Islas de los Uros- small islands made of reeds containing houses made of...

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Sep 8, 2004 - Peru - Puno and Lake Titicaca

We made it to Puno and spent one night celebrating Adrienne`s birthday. The next morning we got up very early and took bike taxis to the port where we were to board a boat for a three hour ride. The bike taxis were hysterical. They move in and out of traffic where there appears to be no regulatory signs asking for traffic to stop or yield the right of way. It`s all out with everyone honking horns to warn others what they plan to do next. Hysterical and frightening all in the same ride. Melissa and I had a near miss, but we arrived last at...

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