On to Lake Titicaca

Trip Start Aug 17, 2007
Trip End Sep 06, 2007

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Monday, August 20, 2007

Today we get to experience air travel in Peru as we will be taking two flights today  as well as a bus to get to Puno.  We are wearing all of our essential hiking gear as we are not feeling too trusting of air travel here.   Last night was very cold in the hotel, many of our group slept in extra clothes and one girl wore her hat to bed, I am hoping not to have to do that until I am on the trail.  However I did have 2 icy cold showers as the hot water has stopped working in our hotel.  Al has said if this is a two star hotel then one of the stars is the asterisk from the keyboard (which also does not have letters of it).  I am sorry that I have not posted pictures , I have taken lots but cannot get this computer to accept my card reader, so I will post my pictures as soon as I am able.  Well we are loading, and of course I have the most luggage of anyone in the group.

We get onto our bus to discover that our guide Josh will not be joining us.  He has been robbed last night (yup, all those GAP $$  we had given him the night before, as well as his passport).  So Daniel guides us to the airport and gets us to our gate, another GAP  representative will be meeting us in Juliaca and then we will be boarding a small bus for the ride into Puno.  We stay in Puno tonight and depart in the morning to visit Lake Titicaca.

We are all relieved to get onto our plane ok.  Our flight will touch down once and then onto Juliaca.  Landing is Juliaca is an experience.  It was a good thing I was so involved in my book.  We landed with such a thump that my book went flying out my my hands and there was a collective gasp from our group.  We were all so happy to get getting off the plane.  It was a very small airport but we were at very high altitude.  We had no sooner gotten into the terminal when some of the group started to feel the effects of the altitude. As soon as we arrived in our hotel in Puno our new quide started to feed us coca tea to settle our stomachs.
Once we settled into our rooms we headed out for lunch at a locl rstaurant.  Most had pizza which looked to be good.  Al and I took the guides advise to eat lightly and just had soup.  It was Nicolle's birthday so we did get birthday cake for dessert.
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roloandsimba on

It's Monday morning here in good old Calgary and I have just read all of your entries posted over the weekend. What an amazing adventure already!!! I'm glad the pj's have kept you warm and remember about the showers - a cold one is better than none at all, which you will experience soon enough. LOL Keep writing - it's truly amazing to follow your trip Jillian. Regards to Al please.

greens on

Good Morning Adventurers!!!
Hi from home, love reading your travel notes Jillian, it's almost like being there! Cant wait to see pictures.

I'm letting the girlFriends know when you've added a new entry, I'm sure they are enjoying them as much as I am. Take care, have fun...Susan

jr-lyn on

from AZ
HI Al and Jill,
I so look forward to reading your daily entries...makes us feel like we're right along with you! We look forward to the pictures, too. Be safe!
your AZ cowgirl and cowboy!

2245 on

Cold Shower Ouch!
Hi Jillian! Love all your emails, don't know how you find the time, but I'm glad that you do. Hard to believe it gets that cold there at night and then a cold shower, that is brave! Can't wait for pixs. Be safe and can't wait for the next email. Love Monika

meta on

just think hot!!
Hey there you two!!
Glad to hear you're safe even if it's cold and you're not at the Hilton!! Have to find one of those cozy llamas to snuggle with..... Your descriptions are awesome.... a great idea this travelogue..get to enjoy without the struggle. Kudos to both of you love K&M
PS its raining and cold in White Rock yuk!

domcrest on


Two cold showers, did they not leave you feeling refreshed, I know, not the say thing.

Sounds like you two rabblerousers are fitting right in with the group, I would think you're leading them.

Look forward to more of your blog.

Just think, in a week and a half this whole adventure will have become memories.

All the best.

Love, Dorey

domcrest on

Just for You Jill
I went to the bathroom, turned on the cold water, let it run, they threw it on myself just so I can say, I can relate to the inconvenience you're enduring in a minor fashion.



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