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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 21, 2011 - Lake Titicaca - Uros Islands

Lake Titicaca was beautiful, as amazing as I expected! And also cold! We had a very quick swim, which gave you brain freeze! We stayed with a family on the island, after helping the children with paper chains and making them masks to play with. Our language was a little difficult but there was some smiling and sign language. They took us for a dance, which seemed similar to line dancing. The next day we went to the reed islands, which last 40 years before they rot. People live all their lives on the islands making textiles etc to sell. One...

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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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Jun 13, 2011 - Puno and Lake Titicaca

The next stop was Puno...basically a bit of a boring town bordering Lake Titicaca. We overnighted there, and set sail for Tacquile Island the next morning. It's the highest lake in the world, so pretty damn cold! Tacquile island was a bit of a non-entity, but we took a nice walk around it, and ate some good local food. That afternoon we went to Luquina Island, where we were staying with a local family for the night. It started with a footie game with the locals, and despite their huge advantage of being used to running around at such high...

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May 28, 2011 - The strikers prevent me from seeing the floating islands of Uros

In the morning we visited another island on Lake Titicaca, Tequille. It is a largely agricultural and mountainous island (as is the case with Lucina). Upon arrival, we went on a tough forty minute trek up to the top of the island´s main mountain and then had lunch overlooking the lake. The plan was then to trek down the other side of the mountain and to sail from there to the floating islands of Uros. However, whilst on the island, Edgar received a call from immigration informing him that the strikers at the border were moving closer to...

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May 27, 2011 - Staying with a family on the shores of Lake Titicaca

After crossing Lake Titicaca, we reached a small Peruvian village called Lucia. We were met there by a number of locals who had each volunteered to host two Gappers in his/her house. Grace and I stayed with a family consisting of a mother, father and three small girls. They lived in a traditional hut with lots of animals roaming about outside. Although I was still feeling ill, I had a very fun evening in the village. After eating dinner with the families, we were dressed up in traditional Peruvian costume and led up to the village hall....

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