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May 7, 2005 - Puno and Lake Titicaca

Spent yesterday morning in Cusco running a few errands, and then managed to find a last-minute bus to Puno at lunchtime. After six hours we passed through Juliaca, one of the most depressing towns that Cheryl and I had ever seen. There were so many mud huts spread out across a desolate landscape, and the inhabited huts are in scarcely better shape than the abandoned ones. Cheryl remarked that it looked like a war zone, and I had to agree. An hour after Juliaca, we arrived safe and sound in Puno, found a decent hostal and arranged a tour to...

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Sarah Down South

May 7, 2005 - Puno / Lake Titicaca

Had a couple of days spare before heading up to Iquitos to have a look at the Amazon rainforest, so decided to go down to Puno and Lake Titicaca for a couple of days. Caught the night bus down from Cuzco, which is about 6-7 hours away and an experience in itself. The bus was pretty flash, with lots of leg room (luckily), but I still didn't sleep much because of the cold. Additionally, Peruvians travelling by bus seem to take it upon themselves to bring whatever they feel like on the bus. In my case the never-ending selection included live...

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Chris's rant fest

Apr 21, 2005 - Arrival in Puno by lake Titicaca

Another great day so far. We got up at 5.30am - a bit of a lie in compared to yesterday - and caught the plane to Puno. On the way out of Arequipa the pilot flew really close to the summit of Misti volcano, so we got a really good view of the summit. It was amazing! Then we arrived here in our hotel and there was a lot of confusion about where we were supposed to be staying, but we managed to sort it all out and are next door to Jane and Graham. The hotel is lovely - we've put a load of laundry in, and tried on our free slippers, and we...

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Apr 7, 2005 - Puno, Peru

עברנו את הגבול והגענו לעיר הפרואנית הראשונה (עברית דרך-אגב יש בגלל שעכשיו אני כבר בקוסקו). פונו היא עיר חביבה, לא מלהיבה במיוחד. יש מעין מונית תלת-אופן מצחיקה כזו (תמונה מצורפת) שדי מלחיץ לנסוע בה כי כל רגע נדמה לך שאיזו משאית תכנס בדבר המצ'וקמק הזה... גם זה יותר מדי המזרח בשביל דרום אמריקה... לפחות יש שם אוכל מצויין. שינוי מרענן מאז לה פאז וקופקבנה, שחוץ מדג (מהאגם) לא יודעים שם להכין כלום. בפונו ישנו במלון, שהסניורה שלו היתה די משוגעת. כל הזמן היא רק שאלה אותי למה אני שמנה, ואם אני אוכלת הרבה! אכן מוזר.... וחסר טקט גם. נסענו בפונו לעשות...

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Mar 20, 2005 - PERU - Machu Picchu & Lake Titicaca (Journey to Lap Paz via Puno and Copacabana)

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...

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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...

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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...

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Nikki's Journey

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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