Peru, day 8 up, Up, UP!

Trip Start Jun 20, 2007
Trip End Jul 06, 2007

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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Day 8 27-06-07
Get up late and decide to get out of Arepuipe.  Head to travel agent.  We want to go to Cuzco, but all the buses have left for the day.  We could go tomorrow night....Option 2- go to Puno.  We also book Inca Express tickets not to get from Puno to Cuzco in a few days. Ladies at the travel agency are very helpful.  The last bus to Puno with a bathroom leaves at 2, and it's 1:30!  They call and the bus folks say the will hold the bus for 10 minutes for us.  Quickly back to the hotel, grab our bags from storage, jump into cab and to the bus station.  Do our best to talk futbol with the driver.  Make it in plenty of time and the bus leaves 20 minutes late anyway.  
We are in first class w/ an old Peruvian woman that smells so unbelievable bad!  Jonathan is still feeling crappy and I think the stink, plus the crazy heat on the bus, might kill him.  The movie is "Shooters" with Mark subtitles.  Somehow this only makes everything so much worse.  The nice guy across the aisle watches me do a claustrophobic freak out thing as I attempt to unwire the vent window that is broken. He directs me to go out to the entry way, there is cool air and it is so much better.  He also laughs at Jonathan and I do our "old couple" bickering routine.  He keeps his eye on us, keeps checking on Jon as he has realized he is sick.  
A trip that is supposed to take 4 to 5 hours, actually takes over 7.  Awesome!
Puno is almost 3 miles above sea level on the shore of Lake Titicaca which is the highest navigable lake in the world.  I had read about the altitude sickness, but it really does get to you.  We checked out a hostel recommended by the Lonely Planet, but no gustamos!  Since Jon is still feeling sick and the altitude is not doing anything great for either of us, we check into a nice hotel.  We only find the one we are looking for because as I struggled with the map and the streets that changed names every block, 2 teenage girls come to our rescue and lead us to the hotel.  Jon says he is still trying to figure out what their angle is.  
After check in we walk down to the pedestrian street to get pizza yet again.  There we encounter our second toolboxes of the trip.  Lucky for them, Jon is still feeling bad so there was no skull cracking.  Lots of coca tea and up three floors in the hotel (what is 30 or 40 more feet?) finally to bed!
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