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Travel Blogs from Puno
5am arrival in Puno = fun!
Puno on a Sunday...not much going on. Spent the morning checking out the town, climbing more stairs up to one of the lookouts [yes, one of the lookouts that Lonely Planet says NOT to go to] - then jumped on to a day trip to the Sillustani Tombs - where we saw tombs. Highlight of this however, was the local party …
... to take us from the bus stop to our hostels. The Peru Hop employee spoke to the taxi driver to let him know where to take us. The taxi didn't look like it would make the journey, but soon we were on our street. The taxi driver just stopped and said here we are. Sorry we aren't staying in a four star hotel. He moved up to the next four star hotel. Nope, not us. I was getting frustrated again, but I wasn't getting out until he took us to the right place. I showed him ...
... weather on the lake is still pretty rough, so we've given it a miss.
Spent the day wandering around town (as we do), buying up fruit. Fruit! They have fruit in Peru! Ok, they had some in Bolivia as well, but it was mainly just mandarins and wooly apples.
Also had our first ceviche (PEN8) for ages, made from trout from the lake, it was truly fantastic. Nice to be in ceviche's homeland :)
Tomorrow we head to ...
... by the Colla people. The Colla, unlike the Uru people, did not escape the conquering Incas in the 1500's.
However, an interesting thing happened on the way to Lake Umayo . . . our tour guide asked if we would like to take a few minutes and visit a local Colla farming family along the way, just to get a slice of typical Peruvian life in this hillier region of Puno. Of course ...
... for Cutimbo – timed it right and took the last 2 seats so
straight off for the 20km, 2.5s ride to the access road to the site.
After 5 mins on the path a man got up from the grass behind
a stone building and demanded 8s, a steep price for this very small undeveloped
site – demanded to see official documents as he wasn’t officially dressed and
the price was ...