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May 12, 2011 - return to Puno via Taquile Island

We are up and ready to get on our way from the home stay. Breakfast is to be at 7am and we need to be down to the boat for 8am. Tim & I are a little early so we head downstairs anyway hoping to catch everyone before work & school. Virginia was busy preparing breakfast - but it seemed to be ready as soon as we sat down. Coffee or Tea and a plate of freshly made bread (Tim tried it and reported back it was pretty chewy!) We had pancakes with jam and that was lots for this time of the day for me! Winceslow popped in and said good morning...

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May 11, 2011 - Lake Titicacca

I’m so excited for another early morning (can you hear the sarcasm)… down and ready to go for 7:45a for our transfer to Lake Titicaca and the floating reed islands. The transfer was a hoot - it’s the little bicycle ‘tuk tuk’s’ that we mentioned - sort of a reverse trike with a carriage on front that seats 2 people side by each and the driver in the back. There were 5 of the tuk tuk’s to carry us all down to the dock to board the boat. A little scary though as the drivers seem to be using them more like bumper cars and NO ONE around Peru...

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May 10, 2011 - on our way to Puno

7am downstairs in the lobby ready to transfer to our bus to Puno today, a 7 hour ride! With one short stop around lunch for a toilet break. Ick. The bus was nice enough (more like a coach and not a city bus) but still a long ride stuck in a seat. We had stocked up on snacks for the trip and the bus did play English movies (let see the first Splice was horrible and the second Unstoppable which was decent we missed the ending as it kept stopping from the bumpy road and by the time it got playing decently we likely missed the last 10 minutes)....

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May 8, 2011 - Puno / Lake Titikaka

Fly to Juliaca then take a short bus ride to Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca. The next morning we head out by boat across Lake Titicaca. Located at 3830 m above sea level, Puno is the highest altitude of any place we sleep on the tour. As a result the weather can be extreme with very cold nights and a strong sun during the day (don’t worry, if you get cold, buy an alpaca sweater from the market — they are inexpensive here). Puno is also known for its wealth of traditional dances: there are up to 100 different varieties, usually...

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Apr 30, 2011 - Perú!

Rocks. Big City Life. Oasis & Dunes. Canyon. Lake: Perú! Rocks Die aufmerksamen Leserinnen, Leser wissens: Nur zufaellig war ich einst in Huaraz gelandet; am Fuss der hoechsten Bergen des Landes. Es war toll, eine Woche bin ich nicht mehr aus dieser Stadt weggekommen. Gewohnt gratis als couchsurfer in der WG von Claudia und Hans. Velo fahren sind wir gegangen, in die "13 Buhos"-Bar oder einfach durch die Strassen getummelt. Einen Eintagesausflug fuehrte mich zur Laguna llanganuco, gruen-blau, umgeben von schneebedeckten Gipfeln....

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Mar 5, 2011 - Upon The Highland Sea

Puno 4 Mar 2011 – 2100 in Peru Many explorers searched the Australian Inland for the fabled inland sea – they were looking on the wrong continent and at the wrong altitude. Lake Titicaca, at 3,825 metres up in the Peruvian Andes, is the highest navigable lake in the world and one of the most intriguing. It is also home to two of the most fascinating cultures we have ever had the privilege to visit – the people of the Uros Islands and Tequile Island. Our transport arrived at 6:45 am to take us to the dock for our day trip onto Lake Titicaca,...

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Mar 3, 2011 - Puno

Puno Puno 3 Mar 2011 – 2200 in Peru This is just a place marker until I can get the proper update written. For a précis of what we did between 26th Feb and 3rd Mar, including today, please read the entry titled CATCH UP. Until the next update, Happy Trails! Ray

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Mar 3, 2011 - CATCH UP!

Catch Up Puno 3 Mar 2011 – 2100 in Peru Well, dear readers, if you are following this journal closely, you would have noticed that the entries are about five days behind and not catching up very quickly! This is because I was a little unwell during the Galapagos cruise – not motion sickness, just a bout of gastro followed by an ear infection. I was not going to let a couple of little things like that stop me from joining in all the activities, but they did leave me too tired to write for a few days. Both are now pretty well gone, so I can...

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Feb 2, 2011 - Lake Titicaca

Well We´ve done the Inca Trail! Was hard work, and I was quite affected by the altitude which took a bit of the fun away. Along with every corner producing more sets of vertical steps...the IOncas had to be so difficult! Ha, it was hell at the time, but amazing also, our grpoup was wicked and we got on so well, also great to see the guys from school. The evenings were the Best, socialising in one of those big tents eating the amazing food cooked by the porters - though I couldnt completely enjoy it as I hd to refrain away from the food a...

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Jan 25, 2011 - Our last whole day in Peru!

We left our homestay family this morning which was a bit sad! On the way back to Puno (by boat) we visited the Floating Uros Islands. They are amazing, the islands themselves are made by the people who live on them and are made purely by laying reeds on to some floating soil! All their houses, boats, everything is made from reed. We went for a ride on one of their boats which was surprisingly comfy! When we got back to Puno we went for a walk with Brad, Bex and John up to a condor sculpture, higher up the mountain than the other day! Then...

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Jan 23, 2011 - Puno

We left Cusco quite early for our 6 hour bus ride to Puno. The town is celebrating a saint now until 5th Feb and there were hundreds of people dancing in a parade in the streets all in different traditional dress from their towns/countries. Apparently people come from Ecquador, Chillie and all over Peru for this festival. The restaurant we had lunch in also had lots of senior police officers having lunch their too and the restaurant put on some traditional dances for them which was really cool to see. We went for a walk with Brad and Bex to...

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Jan 4, 2011 - Puno - Arrival

We arrived in Julicana which feels very lonely. The runway is fringed with sad mud brick houses mostly unfinished. Thankfully it is still warm as we disembark to get to the bus. Local ladies sell hats and gloves while we wait to board. I can´t decide if the half finished look is intentional as we drive through town, watched by toothless old ladies and tired dogs. Elliot has a tube of sunscreen explode in his face due to the change in altitude. The road to Puno is odd - long open and almost flat interspersed with ramshackle huts and sheep...

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