Puno and lake Titicaca - Stop sniggering Shepley !

Trip Start Oct 10, 2009
Trip End May 18, 2010

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Hola Amigos - Greetings from the town of Puno on the shores of Lake titicaca.
I'ts 4-00pm on a steaming hot Wednesday afternoon, outside my hostel is the beautiful lake Titicaca and I'm watchin Arsenal v Liverpool live in the Carling cup - How bizarre.

I met Renatta at the bus staion for the trip to Puno, where we went our seperate ways, she to Bolivia - Adios Renatta and thanks for such great company. The journey up from Cusco took 7 hours on an overnight bus and I didnt sleep a wink, getting into Puno about 5 am, I was supposed to be met by a Senora Tereza - She was'nt there and no-one knew her !! I waited for an hour and got a taxi to my hostel - San Antonio - no reservation made.. Now I was getting worried.
I had booked this trip in a travel agents in Cusco, the return bus journey, the accomodation and the trip on titicaca, the whole thing cost me less than 60 quid !!! The problem was I only had a ticket for the bus !!! But,as usual, everything eventually comes together in this fantastic country. I mentioned the name Senora Tereza, to the receptionist and everything was fine. Even though I wasnt supposed to be booked in until the following evening, I was given a hearty breakfast and free use of the internet, they even let me leave my bag there until my return.... These Peruvians are so friendly and helpful.
Anyways, the bus picked me up about 8 and took me to the dockside - I know its a lake, but it's a bloody big lake - About 20 of us then piled aboard a cruiser to our first stop, the floating islands of      , very touristy but interesting, these people live on small islands made out of reeds, we then went for about 3 hours ( its a BIG lake ) to our overnight stopover, the island of Amantani.
We were then assigned a local family, who put us all up in their homes, I was given my own room and I was assigned with 2 people from Denmark, father and son Pele and JJ - I called them that cos I could'nt pronounce their names - a great couple though. JJ the son was 12 and he used me to practice his English on.
Amantani remined me of a mediterranean island, but populated by people in strange , colourfull dress. After lunch We all made the treck up to the highest point, where there was a temple, still used to offer up animals every January. That evening we were invited to a shindig at the community hall, but I was knackered and passed on the invitation, getting to bed about 8-30. The hot day had turned into a freezing cold night as soon as the sun left the horizen.
The next day after breakfast - We were fed all our meals by the family - We set out on Another steaming hot day to visit the island of Tequili, where the people dressed in even more colourful garb, every hat and belt had a colour that stated the marital status of the men. A gorgeous island, but no pics, I left my camera on the boat!!
Titicaca was a sacred place for the Incas, it was where the first Inca god rose out of the lake, it has a fascinating history, seeing off many dynasties before the Incas and lies on a ley line which stretches from Argentina down to Machu Picchu.
We had a walk around the island and then made our way back to the boat for a 2 hour 40 minute journey back to Puno...
I'm gonna take a shower now and then find a nice restaurant.
I have a full day here tomorrow - My bus leaves at 10pm for Cusco, then a flight to Lima and a connection to Santiago. So tomorrow Is my last full day in Peru .. One of my favourite countries and a must visit for everyone.

Adios Peru and thanks for the memories.

UPDATE .. Just had a walk into Puno - Not a pretty town - and had a llama steak, it was quite nice, tasted just like a cheap steak. The peruvian name for it is alpaca, apparently there are two types of llama, one bred for the meat and one for the wool.... Stick with me guys, IŽll educate you.
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