Trip Start Jul 31, 2005
209Trip End Sep 05, 2007
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Poor Matt spent most of his birthday cramped up on the bus! The journey was beautiful though, we passed through lots of traditional Andean villages, and stopped at a mountain pass that sat at 4300metres and gazed at the snowcapped mountains for a while, before jumping back on the bus and heading to Puno.
Upon arrival in Puno we found somewhere cheap, warm and clean and then headed into town to check out the nightlife! We had a few beers in a cool bar which was upstairs with wooden floors, it was so nice that we once again could not resist the Pisco cocktail that we had before! Then it was onto the internet cafe for Matt to collect his birthday emails
Yesterday we spent the day recovering and nursing our hangovers, we wandered around the plaza and the city centre for a bit, before giving up and having an early night! Oh, we also managed to break the door - well it could have been fixed - and so last night spent the night without a lock on our door, our backpacks jammed up against it! This morning after showers and breakfast the first job was to move to our new room!
We walked down to what they call the port in Puno and jumped on one of many frequent boats out to the floating islands. These islands have numerous names - floating isles, Uyros isles, reed isles, Isla Flotantes - they all mean the same thing.
Why do these islands float and what is so special about them?
Well, they sit on one of the most scenic lakes in the world - Lake Titicaca, which is also the worlds highest navigable lake at approx 3800metres
We spent a few hours visiting these incredible islands before heading back to Puno and eating a delicious trout lunch which is a delicacy in these parts. We shopped until we dropped at the handicraft market and are now planning for our trip tomorrow into Bolivia.