Goodbye Bolivia, Hello Peru
Trip Start Sep 07, 2011
289Trip End Sep 06, 2012
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We packed up our bags and headed towards the port as we were going to catch the 10 am ferry back to Copacabana. The plan was to have a quick bite to eat for breakfast and then get on the boat. As we got to the port, a guy asked us if we were going back to Copacabana. We bviously said yes and suddenly he started shouting and whistling. The 9 am boat had literally just pulled away so it turned back round to pick us up. Bonus. Breakfast would have been rubbish anyway so we hopped on the boat and headed back to Copacabana.
It took about 2 hours to get back and we sat down and had a much nicer breakfast in one of the many cafes in the main street
After breakfast we did a little bit of shopping before heading off to the bus. The bus journey to Puno was going to take about 4 hrs. We were only on the bus for about 20 minutes before we hit the border. We had to get off and get our exit stamp from Bolivia and then walk across the border into Peru to get our entry stamp. We had to wait for the bus to cross over which in total took about 35 minutes before getting back on and heading for Puno.
We had no expectations of Puno apart from it being not a very nice town. When we got to the bus station, we were hounded by people wanting us to stay at their hostels/hotels. We ended up picking a hotel which looked quite nice and had heating etc.
When we got there, it was nothing like it showed in the photo's, surprise, surprise!! Ah well, we are only staying one night.
Once we had checked in and dumped off our bags, we had a little walk around the town. There is one main street in Puno, which has been designed especially for Gringo's. Loads of cafes and bars and people selling their goods, or pushing them in your face more like it.
Had dinner in a nice cafe and I had Llama. It really does taste good, so I think I will be eating a lot of this in Peru.
We had an early night as we had to be ready in the morning to be picked up to go back on to Lake Tititcaca, but this was going to be an extra special experience.
All will be revealed in the next entry!