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Oct 30, 2010 - Lake Titicaca to Puno

After leaving our family this morning we were heading back to Puno stopping off at Uros Islands which are the floating reed islands. Quite a unique way of life. It is fascinating to think that they survive that way...although they do have solar power for the TV!! A big source of their income is from tourism. We returned to Puno for an afternoon of relaxation. The night involved a dinner at a restaurant with folk singing and dancing followed by a few drinks at a local bar to celebrate a group member`s birthday. He was turning 28. To be 28...

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Oct 30, 2010 - Puno

Today we got a knock on the door at 7am to get up. The morning was filled with having breakfast with our family and playing ball with the kids outside. The family we stayed with had 3 children, 2 girls and a baby boy. We then met up down the front of the island and said our goodbyes and thank-yous to the family. We caught the slowwwwwww boat back to Puno. We had a free day to do what we liked so Muz and I went for a walk down the front of the harbour and meandered through the streets. We met up with Katya, Fiona, Leanne and Frank for a...

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Oct 29, 2010 - Island Homestay - Lake Titicaca

After breakfast we met with everyone and headed down to the harbour, we went in a mini taxi which consisted of a man peddling a bike with a carrige on the front and we were lucky enough to have a radio to listen to. We felt sorry for him having to lug Murray and myself around nether the less this is his way of living, we tipped well. We then got on a boat and headed for the floating islands that are man made out of reeds. We had some lovely women and men there to greet us when we got off the boat and they gave us a demonstration on how...

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Oct 29, 2010 - Lake Titicaca

Today involved a 3hr boat journey. Why 3 hrs I hear you ask. Because the boat was being powered by a car engine. First stop was Taquile Island. Here we learnt about the community on this island as well as doing a bit of climbing to get to the top where the main plaza was. All to help with the acclimatisation I kept telling myself but bloody hard work. Lake Titicacca is the highest lake in the world then we decide to climb even further. The families on this isalnd have a rotation system to provide lunch to the tourists. We had some local...

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Oct 11, 2010 - Fallen Angels, off to Puno, Peru

Much like life, people come and go, like ships in the night, all for a reason, they say. So it was, when extroverted, bubbly Samara, was leaving Team Wow, to head back to the bright lights of New York. Aracelli, our Gap Group tour leader, had organized a farewell brunch at a very eclectic restaurant called Fallen Angel. Art work, and an over the top decorating scheme, made this event even more fun, as we ate our meals with much gusto, atop old bath tub fish tanks, covered with glass, while seated under a galaxy of bright gold and silver...

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WooHoo Dreaming

Sep 5, 2010 - Lake Titicaca Peru

I took a bus from Cusco to Puno on Saturday morning, leaving the cosiness of my family home. I caught the Inka Express which is a tourist bus to Puno that stops a few times on route to sight see. Good job really, as the bus takes 10 hours. We stopped at Andahuayillas the small pueblo with the 17th Century Jesuit church that I had visited on a previous trip. Raqchi a pueblo with the ruins of a unique Inca temple called Virachucha. It has 22 columns and supported the largest roof known in the Inca world. Destroyed by the Spanish of course, so...

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Sue's Big Trip

Aug 28, 2010 - Lake Titicaca, Peru

We jumped in a little motor boat today to sail across to the floating islands. They are so bizarre. Originally it was single families living on boats and they all started rafting up to make little towns of floating reeds! The island we visited had about 70 people living on it, the neighbouring island has a school and a medical centre! The people wear their traditional clothing, particularly the older generation. (big skirts and colourful blouses). They do the hard sell on the tourists of course, it is their main source of income but their...

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Bec's Adventure 2010

Aug 20, 2010 - Puno & Lake Titicaca, Peru 3827 m. (12,628 ft.)

One of easiest border crossings...short taxi then bus to Puno. Countryside along lake flat, lots of agric and grazing...sheep, cattle, cows...small farmsteads and small villages all along the way. Stayed in Hostel Inn Los Pinos...very nice, helpful folks. Used their connections to arrange tours, easiest and in the end, cheapest way to see alot in short time we found...after much investigation! 8/21 Two tour trips in one day. Floating islands of Uros people and Sillustani, a burial place with many huge tower-like structures of huge,...

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South America Plus

Jul 9, 2010 - Puno, Lake Titicaca

Puno er en havneby ved Lake Titicaca, verdens stoerste hoejtbeliggende soe (3800 m hoejde). Den er kendt for dens sivoer, som de lokale indfoedte i sin tid byggede for at flytte fra Inkaerne. Vi tog en tre timers baadtur rundt paa sivoerne. Det var virkelig imponerende at gaa rundt paa oer udelukkende bygget op af siv med sivhuse, baade, taarne osv.., men det kammede over til en serioes turistfaelde, da vi paa en tvungen sejltur i en sivbaad maatte udsaettes for boernesang paa 8 forskellige sprog blot for at hive yderligere penge op ad...

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Jul 7, 2010 - Peru - Puno and Lake Titicaca

Hi all, Hope all well back home. We had a welcome day back in Cuzco on July 6th to soothe our aches and pains from the Inca Trail - had probably the best (and most necessary) massage ever! Managed a bit of culture with a visit to the Sun Temple - built by the Incas and originally covered in gold, but the visiting Spaniards put paid to that and removed anything worth nicking. We had a really good guide who showed us all the original Inca stonework (more interesting than it perhaps sounds) - the ┬┤bricks┬┤are perfectly slotted together with no...

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Rolene On Tour

Jun 11, 2010 - Puno, Peru

Puno, Puno, Puno. What can I say about your town? I really liked the hotel that I stayed in, so that is a bonus. We took a bus from Bolivia, had to get out of the bus, walk into the office to get out of Bolivia and Jenny and Matt were shuffled into another line. I got a stamp and walked out towards the bus. I was about to jump back on the bus and a local couple motioned for me to walk across with the universal walk sign with their hands. I thought, okay. I have to walk across the border. I walked and walked and looked back but not Jenny and...

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Jun 3, 2010 - Lake Titicaca Tourist Traps

Today we went on a very touristy boat cruise to two islands. The Uros Islands was our first stop and are about 20 minutes by boat from Puno. The islands are floating and made from the reeds. Every few years they have to be replaced. Each island is home to one extended family who live in one room reed shacks. There main income is from tourism,fishing and weaving. The island we visited was very small and I couldn't help but think you would have to get on well with your whanau to survive the lifestyle. At least on the Uros Islands men and...

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Adios Amigos 2010

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