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Jan 28, 2018 - Tiquila Island

After having left the idilic setting of the Uros on the floating reed beds, we headed out by boat to the Tequila island in the centre of lake Titicaca. It's people there still follow the exact doctrine and traditions of the pre Inca period. The people still dress to the exact codes laid down over millennia. The style, colour, hat and bags all have an exact status of hirachy and martial position. Only the men knit and sew and only the women spin and weave. Also if a boy wants to date a girl he has to sew a band so tight that it will hold...

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Jan 27, 2018 - Lake Titicaca

Arrived at the Libertor Hotel which is in a remote Penisular overlooking the reed beds. I am up at 05:30 still pinching myself to think that we are here in a place I'd only dreamed about or saw on some National Geographic TV program. Just missed a beautiful sunrise over the reed beds but raring to go out to the meet the peoples of Uros and their handmade floating homes made of Totora reeds. Our group of 6 were presented to a family onto their floating home.(island). There are 92 floating islands joined into a main water street, upon the...

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Nov 9, 2017 - Lago Titicaca

Nach grandioser Klettettour auf den Huaxna Picchu und Ruinenführung in Machu Picchu, einem echten Weltwunder, gings via Cudco nach Arequipa. Viel Smog, 2 Hausvulkane und eine toller Plaza de Armas mit besonderen Strassenbildern aus weissem Sillarstein. Dazu eine Besichtigung des legendären Santa Katalina Klosters- als Labyrinthspiel gestaltet- und ein geschlossenes Erlebnisbad... Also weiter zu den Kondoren. Chivay und Colca Canyon. Eine tolle Busfahrt mit Stops in 4900m Höhe, bei Lama- und Vicunaherden auf dem Altiplano. Wirklich eine...

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May 20, 2016 - on to Puno, Peru

A early start this morning picked before brestfast by the Bolivia Hop on Hop Off bus company leaving La Paz heading to Copaccabana the last town in Bolivia. We take a small boat across lake Titicaca and our bus takes a wooden raft, a lunch stop in Copacabana then on a small boat to Isla Del sol and back to our bus. Then it is off for trip to the border crossing into Peru, everything went well all the people got out of Bolivia and into Peru with no probems, Great. We get on a nice bigger bus heading to Puno a trip of about 3 hours, get into...

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South America 2016

Sep 22, 2015 - I made it! (cue the Rocky theme song...)

Tuesday. ....Ok, more like the Big Bad Wolf huffing and puffing song. We'll come back to that later but I take back what I said yesterday, Lois & Jack, about the altitude posing no problems! Back to the beginning of the day: super early start with Abel picking us up at the hotel at 6:40am. Mario Andretti Jr. drove us to downtown Puno where we picked up a young Canadian couple and their guide then a short trip to the docks where we boarded our boat for the day. The boat was a convergence of a good number of people and their guides. Sitting...

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Sep 21, 2015 - Hitting "Puno York City"

Monday. Happy birthday to Jef and his sister, Lisa, born on the same day 15 years apart! They both love vanilla cream pie as their cake of choice; I hope Lisa gets hers but it looks like Jef will not! But he did get a nice breakfast at the buffet this morning :). A not-too early start, we met Juliana in the lobby at 8:45am for our transfer to the airport. Since it's a domestic flight, we only needed to be there an hour ahead of time. Check-in went fine, catching the plane went fine and arrival went as scheduled. The airport is actually in...

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Aug 24, 2015 - A few days at Lake Titicaca

Being so high and also being the dry season, the air is exceptionally dry, we woke many times during the night to drink water and lots of it. When we woke up we were not disappointed by the view or the weather, it was a beautifully clear day and the hotel is situated right on the shore of Titicaca. it was beautiful to get out on the lake in kayaks, Toby and Felix shared, Dad and Tash shared and i went with the guide in a canoe, where I didn’t have to paddle nor did I get wet unlike the others. Felix and Toby took this as an opportunity to...

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Aug 22, 2015 - The Andean Explorer to Puno

So we are sad to leave Cusco as we really enjoyed our time here, but again we are off on another adventure. We left The Monasterio at 7.15 for a short trip to a different train station to board The Andean Explorer for our 10+ hour journey to Puno. We arrived at the station shortly before 7.30 and true to form Carmen arrived with our tickets shortly after. We almost immediately boarded the train and found our “armchairs” which were to be our home for the next 10 hours. as well as the 4 carriages there was also a bar carriage and the...

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May 6, 2015 - Puno, Peru and Lake Titicaca

The day we toured Machu Picchu we left by train back to the Sacred Valley where we went straight to a private bus and on to Cusco to the same hotel we started from, arriving about 9 pm. It was a long day and we were all very tired. I was feeling my sickest and asked Carlos, our tour guide, if he could book me a private room. I didn't want to make Leonor sick and I would rest better alone. That was an additional $150, but worth it for the rest. Next day was a free day and most of the others went on a tour of some salt flats and Inca ruins....

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Jun 29, 2014 - Lake Titicaca, Peru

Saturday 28th June 2014 Puno to Lake Titicaca (homestay), Peru This morning we had breakfast in the hotel and were picked up by bici-taxies for our transfer down to the port. Puno has quite a large port as it is the main tourist set off point for the Uros Islands as well as the other Peruvian Islands on Lake Titicaca. The lake is shared by Peru (60%) and Bolivia (40%). Our group then boarded our boat with about 8 other people and headed out to the Uros Islands (floating reed islands) about 30 minutes away. We spent about an hour or so there...

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Jun 27, 2014 - Cusco to Puno, Peru

Friday 27th June 2014 Cusco to Puno, Peru Today we left Cusco after being in this area for 10 days. We stayed all but one night in our hotel in Cusco. The one night we spent out of Cusco was at Aguas Calientes, when we visited Machu Picchu. We had breakfast in the hotel, packed our bags and we were transported to the truck park where we loaded them all onto our new truck "Frank". This truck has the same number of seats with a slightly different configuration to Magaly, our previous truck, but we only have 2 more days driving in the truck on...

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Oct 13, 2013 - Lake Titicaca

We spent a day on Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world at 3287 metres above sea level. We visited the floating islands of Uros (also known as People of the Lake) which have been built from layers of totora reeds. Amazing that people can actually live on these floating reeds and amazing to watch the simple (ie easy to understand) demonstration of how the islands are constructed. We were treated to a traditional boat ride and were entertained (and amused) by children singing songs in various languages. From here a long boat...

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