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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...

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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...

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Kirsty RTW '04/'05

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...

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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...

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Dec 8, 2004 - Reed all about it!

Arrived in Puno, it is a very small town and very quite. There are barely any tourists in site so we feel that we are in some remote part of Peru walking amongst all the locals, very cool after the tourists in Cuzco. We went on a boat tour of Lake Titicaca, which is the highest navigational lake in the world! It was very beautiful, our first stop was at the reed islands of Uros. The Islands are completely made of the Reeds that grow in the lake, everything from there homes to there transport is made from the reeds. The people there live on...

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Our trip home ....

Nov 25, 2004 - Puno

Puno is a complete dump, the less said about it the better. The only reason we were there was cos it's the main port on the Peruvian coast of Lake Titicaca and about the most exciting thing that happened was that en route we stopped in a place called Juliaca fro half an hour or so because there was a fuel price protest going on in Puno.

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Ruth on the road

Nov 20, 2004 - Puno and Lake Titicaca, Peru

The town of Puno is not very nice but luckily we were only there to book a short tour of the islands on Lake Titicaca. I still can't say the name without giggling, but we learned that it is Quechua for "stone puma." We were kind of disappointed that the least expensive and easiest way to see the lake and the islands is on a tour with 25 other people, but we sucked it up and went on the tour. The tour guide was cheesy and awful, but on the bright side the lake was absolutely beautiful and the islands were interesting. We visited two of the...

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Nov 12, 2004 - Lovin´ the Lake... Best trucha eva!

Hi All, Chris and I are currently at Lake Titicaca on the border of Peru and Bolivia. Also known as the world´s highest navigable lake (think that means big boats can go on it...). Anyway, that´s enough of my terrible geography. We´re staying in a town called Puno and today spent the day on the lake... and loved it! First we headed out to Los Islas Flotantes (the floating islands). In the past (like 4-5 centuries ago) for protection one group of locals built floating islands of the reeds in the lake so they could escape their enemies....

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Nov 9, 2004 - Puno & Lake Titicaca

NB. Photos borrowed from guy in internet cafe, should give you an idea of the beautiful islands. We arrived at Puno after a 5hr bus journey from Arequipa. Puno´s on Lake Titicaca but still on the Peruvian side. We had heard that the town was nothing to talk about, but you get access to the floating islands which by all accounts were not to be missed. So we booked into our hostel and arranged a day tour to the islands for the following morning. Puno wasn´t that appealing as it appeared to be extremely poverty striken although obviously a...

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Nov 8, 2004 - Lake Titicaca

Here is the entry for the islands that we promised as soon as we got some e-mails. :) We´ve just come back from two days of visiting the floating island/Uros islands, Isla Taquile and Isla Amantani in Lake Titicaca. It was a bit of a whirlwind look at the islands and we would have liked to stay longer, but we have already booked the bus going on to Bolivia so we needed to get back to Puno. At least we got to see them, which was great. The floating islands or Islas Uros are the famous reed islands in Titicaca. Apparently the inhabitants...

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Oct 30, 2004 - Uno Cerveza Grande Por Favor

See, I've picked up a little Spanish since I've been here. Tomorrow night we have a home stay with a family that doesn't speak English, they don't speak much Spanish either, but more then I do, so it should be interesting. I'm in Puno now on the shores of Lake Titicaca. We just arrived about an hour ago after an 8 hour bus ride. It's nice to see some water after about a week in the desert. Arequipa was good. After my last e-mail I grabbed breakfast and lounged by the pool because Jose insisted we rest so nobody got altitude sickness....

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Oct 14, 2004 - Puno and the Islas Flotantes (Floating Islands)

Kevin: Puno itself was wholly unexciting, but it is a port on Lake Titicaca and the jumping off point for the Islas Flotantes, or Floating Islands, built by the Uros. These islands are entirely man-made, from the reeds that grow in the lake. The Uros started them sometime in the 15th century as they fled from the more war-like Incas and Collas. They began with just their traditional reed boats, built a little bigger with a hut like structure on them. Gradually they joined these together and eventually built entire islands! Very cool. The...

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