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Aug 2, 2004 - Puno, Peru

Having had my fill of dirt roads, poor food and Bolivia in general, it was with joy I crossed over the border into Peru. Goodbye 3rd world, hello 2nd 1/2 world (?). My second stop on Lake Titicaca was on the Peruvian side to visit the floating islands of Uros. Located near the lakeside town of Puno, I enjoyed a short ferry ride over to these unique islands. Built from the reeds that grow naturally in the lake the locals have lived like this for hundreds if not thousands of years. Two hours visiting three of the floating islands was enough...

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Jun 17, 2004 - Puno, we finally win a match

A quick 6 hours bus ride to Puno, which included a snack, video and bingo. The winner gets a free return ticket to the starting location (not that much use really) but more importantly had to sing a song to the bus. Quality. Thankfully none of us won. Puno is not that special to look at but it is the best departure point to visit the islands on Lake Titicaca. See next entries. But what was special was the Roonster and the Cable TV we had in our hostel. Sarah and Rachel have bought pan pipes. They need to practice. Puno does have to it´s...

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Nov 1, 2002 - Bonny Sillustani and Yavari Too

Copyright 2004 David Rich 1000 Words jdavidrich@yahoo.com S i l l u s t a n i a n d L a k e T i t i c a c a T o o When you've about finished touring Peru, you may get excited, because for weeks you've been creeping up on the world's highest navigable lake, over a hundred miles long, the largest lake in the world above 6600 feet (2000 meters), actually over 12,500 feet, so high none of its boats carry life jackets because life jackets are unnecessary—if you fall in you die from hypothermia in thirty seconds, less time than it would take the...

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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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South America 1989

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