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We decided not to do the Inca trail to Machu Picchu and took the lazy option and went by train instead... We stayed in Aguas Calientes for a night and got up early to beat the crowds to Machu Picchu. We walked up Wayna Picchu to get great views of the ruins when mist cleared. We were glad we got there so early as it got really busy by lunchtime... Took a lovely train from Cusco to Puno(Puno lies on the shores of the worlds highest navigable lake - Lake Titicaca. Very high (4200 m) so we found ourselves short of breath again, peeing a lot...Jump to full entry
Mar 19, 2005 - Hectic few days
Last Tuesday, I split with the friends I had been travelling with to catch a bus out to Urubamba to see Linda Woodell/Ochoa and her ´one woman peace corps.´ I arrived in the late afternoon, and trooped from the bus station, through this dusty town, to the hospital where Linda and her team of Canadian doctors were administering to what seemed the entire town´s population. Despite having no dentistry experience (which didn´t seem to matter in the slightest to some of the dentists) I spent the next three days performing all manner of taks in...Jump to full entry
Mar 17, 2005 - Arrived safe and sound!!
Hello all. So I made it completly unscathed. The flights were great, on time and they played Briget Jones on the way to T.O. so I was a happy camper. Peru has totally punctial and efficient airlines. Air Canada should take some tips!! It was so funny, when I got to Lima and got off the plane we all had to get on this airport bus. I was thinking that I didn't think the Lima airport was all that big when the bus litterally drove 25-30 feet and parked. That was it. We were there. I had a 6 hour layover there so I curled up with my pack and...Jump to full entry
Mar 12, 2005 - Entering Peru and the floating reed islands
Thursday 10th March- we left at 8am to go to PERU! We stayed in a town called Puno which is on the other side of Lake Titicaca. It started to absolutely bucket it down with rain that day so we dressed up in our waterproof trousers and jackets -sexy! We then did a trip to the floating reed islands on the lake, where people live. They are called the Uros Islands are were amazing! And the weather even cleared up for us as we reached the islands. The people are great and i can´t believe how they live! We tried eating reed, which was actually...Jump to full entry
Mar 12, 2005 - Juliaca, was not on the programme...
It was a great sunny and early morning in Arequipa, still as we arrived at the bus station Celine Dion was singing very loudly ... It was a sign... Well, in any case we boarded a nice bus with semi camas, meaning comfortable seats almost like beds... This was highly necessary as we were heading to Cuzco and from Arequipa, it is not only a a stiff climb but also it takes time. Gone at 8:30 am , right on time , we were supposed to be in Cuzco at 5 or 6 pm at the latest... Well, after a couple of hours on the bus and suffering through a DVD...Jump to full entry
Feb 16, 2005 - Puno, Peru - Lake Titicaca and the surrounding islands
We didn´t think a whole lot of Puno...kind of a dark, cold, gloomy city full of really unfriendly local Peruvians, and the hostel we stayed at didnt make it much better! All the hostels were way over priced as we stayed for about 12 bucks a night, and in return had a crunchy old bed in a dark cold room...but on the bright side of things, the shower in the community bathroom upstairs had scorching hot water! Well, this is where we spent our Valentines! Also, I had my first encounter with altitude sickness that day (although nothing to the...Jump to full entry
Feb 15, 2005 - Puno, Lake Titicaca. Peru
We are now in Puno, which is next to lake titicaca, we are going in a boat tomorrow to see the floating islands and then we are off to Bolivia, we are planning to go to la Paz and then get a jeep down to Chile, over salt flats and desert. In this terrain we are not sure when we will be able to update this so it might be a while!After that we are going down to Chile and through Argentina to be in Buenos Aires by the 25th March. We have decided to save Brazil until the end of the year after we have worked as it is a long way from here and...Jump to full entry
Feb 10, 2005 - From Lima to Arequipa, then on to Puno for Carnaval!!!!
In order for us to arrive in Puno on the Saturday, we had to take a night bus from Lima and drive for 16 hours to get to Arequipa where we spent one night and then take another 5 hour bus the next morning to Puno! By the time we arrived in Puno, the city had already been celebrating Candlemass (or Virgen de la Candeleria) for 3 days, and we later found out that the celebration ties in with Carnaval and doesnt end until February 25th! Although we didnt drink solidly for three weeks straight, nor were we even there for that long, we definitly...Jump to full entry
Jan 31, 2005 - Puno, Peru on Lake Titicaca
Puno is a jumping off point for visiting the islands in Lake Titicaca on the Peru side of the lake. They were just starting to celebrate the Fiesta de la Virgen of Candelaria. Puno is a fairly large town and there was nothing too interesting there. Copacabana in Bolivia was having the same fiesta. So, after visiting the islands I headed for Copacabana. I visited the floating islands on Lake Titicaca. These islands are made of reeds piled on top of one another to a depth of 8 to 12 feet and are held stationary by poles driven through the...Jump to full entry
Jan 11, 2005 - Lake Titicaca
Yup, picked the Slow Bus to Puno, evenually arrived in the pouring rain at 130am, taxi took us to oor accomodation, some shady doorway, guarded by a drainpipe pouring out rain water. Rang the bell, it all looked closed, noone home, then eventually someone answered just as we were about to give up, yeah we just coming they told us, 5 minutes later we were let in , drooned rats we wer. Not realising we were gonna have o share oor S20(less than 2gbp each!!) room with a few dry rats!! Heard scuffling thru the night, but in the morning we and...Jump to full entry
Dec 26, 2004 - Peru, Puno
13-12 / 16-12 2004 With the bus to Puno. I had already seen some of the magnificent sites you could see by train in my walks in Cay Cay. Puno is not really my town, especially after having spent time in Cusco. I shopped around to find myself an nice hostal and arranged for a visit to the floating islands. Puno and Lake Titicaca are higher than Cusco, lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world. It was cold, the coldest place to be up till now. I took a trip to Salustani, a place where we could see grave tombs in the shape of...Jump to full entry
Dec 21, 2004 - Puno (Peru)
Vandaag zijn we gaan bootje varen! Rond half 8 zaten we al op het Titicaca-meer... Eerst hebben we de Islas Flotantes bezocht: het zijn drijvende eilanden van riet. De bodem is zo'n 2 meter dik en is volledig van riet, net al de huisjes erop en de boten waar zij mee varen. Het was echt zeer cool om te zien. Het is enorm zacht om op te lopen, lekker zacht! Nadien zijn we naar Isla Taquile geweest: dit is een eiland veel verder op het meer. Het uitzicht was er echt super... De mensen op de eilanden verschillen echt veel met de mensen op het...Jump to full entry