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Sep 20, 2005 - Staying with the locals in Puno and Lake Titikaka

Hi Everybody! We have just arrived back in Puno after spending a couple of days cruising on Lake Titikaka visiting Isla Taquile, Isla Flotanes (this being a floating island) and staying with a local family on Isla Amantani. The boat itself was a piece of art. All boats here seem to be locally crafted with huge stonking V8s in them! Ours was fitted with a nice Ford 302 which was a direct drive, hence when the motor goes, the boat goes, and there is no reverse, which makes landing all the more interesting! Lake Titikaka is a huge lake at an...

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Yoshi's on Holiday

Sep 15, 2005 - Puno

From Cusco we decided to take a tour bus for the 8 hour journey to Puno, rather than the normal night bus. The service operated by a company called First Class stopped off at several important historical destinations enroute. Our first stop was at charming colonial village, whose highlight was a Jesuit built church dating back to 1572, constructed on the foundations of an Inca palace. The inside of the church is lavished with gold, carried from the mines of nearby jungle areas. The church appeared to play a crucial role in the conversion...

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Aug 29, 2005 - J+6 - Copacabana --> Puno

Première étape de notre voyage vers Cuzco... le bus de Copacabana vers Puno. Le bus est presque vide, ce qui nous laisse la possibilité de bien nous installer. Le voyage s'annonce bien. Peu de temps après être montés dans le bus, nous sommes invités à descendre pour le passage de frontière. On rentre dans un premier poste pour la sortie de Bolivie, un cachet sur le passeport. On parcourt une centaine de mètres à pied, et on rentre dans un 2e poste de contrôle, 2e cachet sur le passeport... Nous voici au Pérou! Une des passagères du bus ne...

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Aug 23, 2005 - Puno

Made it across into Peru - our last 'new` country of the trip. There had been loads of warnings in the guide books about scams at the border crossing including numerous on the spot fines for things like possessing illegal American dollars etc. Glad to report that all of the scams seem to have been stamped out, and the crossing was one of the easiest we`d done. When getting our passports stamped we were asked how long we wanted to stay in Peru for - everyone said 30 days and were given a 90 day visa - generous people! Puno has had a lot of...

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Stu and Liz On Tour

Aug 20, 2005 - Puno

After living it up on the catamaran in Bolivia we arrived in Puno, Peru determined to save our pennies. Puno (and Peru) was a huge shock after the casualness of Bolivia, as soon as we stepped off the bus we were hassled to no end. We had obviously hit the ¨gringo trail¨ with the number of tourists increasing exponentially. The main reason we wanted to visit Puno was to see the famous reed islands on Lake Titicaca. The reed island population numbers about 1500 people on 42 islands. Only half the islands are open to tourists, but they are...

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Aug 19, 2005 - Puno

Másnap Punóban megtettem a feljelentést - reggel nyolckor mi már a harmadikak voltunk. Visszafelé megkérdeztem a taxist, hol lehet „használt" fényképezőgépeket kapni. Gondoltam, ha ilyen nagyipar a lopás, akkor azokat el is kell, hogy adják valahol. Elmondta, hogy a piac egyik sarkában árulják őket, kb. 3000 forintnak megfelelő összegbe kerül egy digitális. Gyuri azonban túl becsületes, nem akart venni... Végül is, azzal valóban a turisták meglopását támogattuk volna. Az előző napi fáradtság még bennünk volt, így aztán főleg pihentünk...

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Judit Peruban

Aug 16, 2005 - Puno, Peru...Another 60 days in Peru!

We had a little lie in, and when on the search for breakfast (by now, all the chefs were up and cooking, unlike the previous day!), we ran into many familiar faces. Copa is a really small place, and it's funny how everyone ends up in the same places when travelling! People tend to go either to Puno, then onwards to Cusco, or the other direction to La Paz. So although Emily and Amanda were heading onwards to La Paz, I was on the same bus with Steve and Carla (for Cusco), and a pair of American guys towards Puno. Having left Peru for Bolivia...

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Yat's Big Trip

Aug 9, 2005 - The Uros and the Islands of Lago Titicaca

Mika is finally starting to feel better, thanks to some anti-parasitic medication that a doctor, George, gave her on the last day of the Inka Trail. Neither of us are getting our nutritional needs, since the only thing people eat around here are rice and potatoes - all starches and no protein or fresh vegetables! At this point, we can probably go several years without eating rice or potatoes again. On a more positive note, we got the chance to visit Lago Titicaca in the city of Puno on the Peruvian side. We spent the night on an island in...

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Aug 8, 2005 - Puno and Lake Titicaca

We elected to take a tour bus to Puno as it took about the same amount of time as the other bus and, rather than stopping to pick up more people, we would stop at various archeological sites along the way. The sites, while interesting, were in the most desolate/depressed towns. I found myself wanting to get back on the bus. We also passed through the brash city of Juliaca. Juliaca is a giant mess of dilapidated buildings, trici-taxis (tricycle taxis), bicycles and traffic. An altogether ugly city. The port of Puno, while not much nicer than...

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Lima to Rio

Jul 19, 2005 - Peru - Puno

Puno is on the shores of lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world at about 3900m. It is a touristy town but is fairly decently laid out and is welcoming. The reason to come here is to see the floating islands (Los Uros). The floating islands are reed islands where the locals have built houses and live on. Every so long they have to lay new layers of reeds as the islands slowly sink. We arrived mid afternoon and decided to try and do the islands straight away. We headed down to the harbour and got on a boat to the Uros. It was...

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Jul 18, 2005 - Travelling from Bolivia to Peru

I am feeling mucho gusto....Gerry good. Bit tired you can eat french food and drink all night for about 20usd for two here. Very cheap. We have been advised to start brushing our teeth woth the water to start introducing the parasites so we build up some immunity I have for two days and still ok. We are going to try to re-enter Peru late in the evening and hope that there is no blockade. Aparently our guide who is Bolivian by birth and Canadian now will try to give them some USD to let our bus through. Crossing our fingers. If you go during...

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Jul 14, 2005 - Peru: Puno & The Uros Islands, Lake Titicaca

After Cusco & the sacred valley we went to Puno on Lake Titicaca. We decided to take the train there, despite being a more expensive option, as the guide books kept going on about how spectacular the views were. The journey takes 10 hours and travels an average of 30km an hour! The morning we went to Puno, I got an attack of Giardia...Great. On the train, I just couldn't stop gong to the loo - about 15 times on the whole journey. In the end, I spent most of the journey freezing in the open air bit between the carriages next to the loo. It...

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