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May 19, 2012 - Lake Titicaca and Floating Islands

After days of getting up early and not sleeping well at elevation, we weren't feeling up to getting up early and spending the entire day on an excursion. So Barb and Ann headed off bright and early for a full day tour of the lake while Kevin joined us on the shorter half day trip where we visited the Uros Islands. The people who live on the islands are pre-Incan people who fled onto the lake when the Incas came to conquer them. The islands are actually floating, man-made platforms that are built using the totora reeds that grow in the lake....

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May 18, 2012 - The Luxury Train Over the Altiplano to Puno

Normally a 10 hour train ride wouldn't be something we looked forward to but the Andean Explorer "luxury" tourist train proved to be an exception. We arrived at the train station and relaxed in the comfortable lounge, listening to live Andean music. We boarded the train promptly at 8:00 and found it to be an old fashioned type train car with wing-backed chairs surrounding tables with white tablecloths. The back car of the train was the entertainment car with bar and the very back of the train was open - the perfect place to watch the world...

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May 12, 2012 - Hola Peru

Well that was a short stay in Bolivia - and only about two of us got tummy wobbles - sooo no weight loss there - the food was actually pretty good. It was amazing when we crossed over into Peru that there was actually a different feel to the place. The first thing we noticed was the motor taxis - very much like the tuk tuks in Asia. The main drink seems to be a soft drink called Inka Cola but more like yellow creaming soda than a cola - signs for it are everywhere. Pucon our next stop is not the most interesting of places but we were there...

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May 3, 2012 - E tu cosa desideri?

Stesso lago, una distanza di poco più di 150 km. Eppure un altro mondo, almeno ai miei occhi. Mi è bastato passare il confine con il Perù per vedere alcune differenze. Innanzitutto, ciò che mai mi sarei aspettata: i tuk tuk. I tuk tuk?? Che ci fanno in Perù? Per un attimo mi sono sentita confusa, con tutti questi paesi non è la prima volta che credo di essere in un luogo ma in realtà sono in un altro. “Sono ancora in sud-est asiatico?” mi sono chiesta. Ma il timbro sul passaporto è inequivocabile. Poi la città di Puno. Magari è colpa mia,...

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My Big Trip

Nov 17, 2011 - Off to Puno

PUNO Early start again. Up at 6:30 am. On the road to Puno by 7:30 am. On the bus we were singing to songs of Tina Turner and Madona. We are passing through the pampas again. We stopped to have a triple tea. It had coca leaves for altitude sickness, muna for stomach cramps and gas, and chachacoma to avoid headaches. We drank the tea outside while viewing the mountains: Misti, Pichu Pichu and Chachani. There definitely was more snow at their tops. Peruvian school kids from grade 6 on a graduation trip were there too. They were practicing...

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Oct 26, 2011 - Puno

Nog een paar dagen in Cusco en omstreken doorgebracht (wat een mooie stad!). Maandag met een superdeluxe bus naar Puno gereisd. Een toeristische bus met allerlei stops onderweg, dwars door de Andes. Voorlopig het hoogste punt bereikt van 4355m. Gisteren een tour over lake titikaka gedaan. Tour was erg matig maar de eilanden en lokale inwoners waren dan wel weer erg mooi om te zien. We wachten nu in het hotel tot de bus gaat, volgende bestemming is arequipa.

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Peru 2011

Oct 15, 2011 - Puno: Uros Islands; City walk

Puno likes to think of itself as the folkloric capital of the Aymara speaking people's of Peru, Ecuador, and Bolivia. Aymara predates Quechua, the language of the Incas, as the main Andean language. In Bolivia, it is still one of the three official languages. Apparently, every few years there is a great Andean festival in Puno where people from these three countries come to participate in religious and cultural events. They do not require passports to cross the borders. In the morning we had a guided tour to one of the main tourist traps...

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Oct 14, 2011 - The Andean Express to Puno

Today is Friday and that means that after many days we leave the region of Cuzco and head to the east of Peru to the city of Puno on Lake Titicaca. We are traveling on Peru Rail's Andean Explorer train. Supposedly it is a famous train ride but apart from that we don't know much about it other than it travels across the Peruvian Altiplano. The train leaves at 0800 so that meant another early rise. I hadn't slept well either, having a succession of bad dreams in which my actions resulted in disaster. Hopefully this was not to be an...

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Sep 12, 2011 - We made it to South America!

Heather and I finally arrived in South America! We got into La Paz, Bolivia two hours late, at 7:30am on Saturday. The visa process is super easy, and for our new German friend's entertainment, very expensive for US citizens. We saw about 40 minutes of La Paz before barely catching our Kanoo Tours bus to Copacabana. Two boat rides later, we stepped foot on Isla del Sol. Amazing! But all the stairs up to the hostels and restaurants kicked our butts. I blame the altitude. Yesterday, we took a boat back to Copacabana and a bus to Puno. Our new...

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Aug 5, 2011 - Lake Titicaca

The 3rd day in Lima, we met up with our Gap Adventure group with whom we would be spending the next 10 days together. Our group leader Angela Unda is a native Peruvian, who not only speak fluent Spanish and English, but also just completed her law degree in France. Her study in Paris was hard, especially using a second language to study a specialized area. But she felt there was a big gap between her study in France, in which the environmental laws are to protect the resouces the developed countries have left, and what she wants to do, to...

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Jul 20, 2011 - Puno

Met our new group in La paz and then headed off the Puno. We went in a bus that when we got near the lake got on a boat without us and met us on the other side of the lake. In Puno we walked up Condor hill, realising how much altitude affects you and having to stop every few steps to get your breath back. Worth it for the view over Lake Titicaca Lake and the sunset. Also watched some folk music, which was very lively and good fun, crazy dancing in ten tonnes of layers.

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Jul 11, 2011 - Lake Titicaca and the floating islands of Uros

We left Uyuni on an overnight bus (again) heading for La Paz, followed by another day bus to Puno. Wasting no more time we booked a tour for the famous floating islands (for only 40 Sol!!). In a way, we were not too sure what to expect. What could you do with small floating islands? As it turns out, you can have an entire comunity there. With about 60 islands each housing 4-9 families. At first they weren´t to be believed, the water looked shallow and the islands thick. It wasnt until the "president" pointed out the island contorting with...

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