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Jul 7, 1989 - Tequile Island

FRIDAY 7th JULY We had to report to the dock at 7.45 a.m. for the trip to Tequile. On the way there we actually found a money changer who would change a traveller's cheque. For fifty dollars I was to receive 140,000 Inti. The money changer counted them out in 5000's, and I started to put them away when I was approached by an American who asked if I had checked for the face. He was referring to the water mark. I checked my currency and discovered that it was nearly all counterfeit. I turned to look for the money changer, but of course, he...

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Jul 6, 1989 - Floating Islands

THURSDAY 6th JULY 1989 The first job after breakfast today was to obtain more currency and to explore Puno. The exploring turned out to be easier than the currency part. There was a notable shortage of money changers on the streets and none of the banks we tried had a cambio. They all advised us to try El Banco Nationale, but El Banco Nationale turned out to be as elusive as the Canadian moose. Eventually we came across a money changer who would change cash, but I only had traveller's cheques. At one point we found ourselves in a small...

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Jul 5, 1989 - Cusco to Puno

WEDNESDAY 5th JULY The lady at the hotel purchased first class tickets for our journey to Puno. We really wanted seats in the tourist car, where the doors are locked to keep out the thieves, but no matter, first class would have to do. The journey was to take twelve hours, and we stored our heavy bags on the overhead rack, and took our places for the 8.0 am departure. We soon realised why the journey was to take so long. The train stopped every couple of miles to let peddlers on and off. The aisleway of our carriage was bustling with...

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