We´ll be back Bolivia - Hello Peru

Trip Start Jun 11, 2008
Trip End May 14, 2009

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Sunday, March 1, 2009

Today is the beginning of a new month, so let's head off to a new country.
We checked out of La Cupula and walked to the centre of town. Our bus to Puno wasn't due until 1pm so we decided to get an early lunch.
We went to the Copacabana Coffee Shop and they were actually showing the Carling Cup Final - this place will do! We got to see the first 90 minutes but not extra time.
Lorna had Empanada's and I decided to order a pizza. This is where the fun started. I ordered ham, cheese & tomato, nothing too adventurous, and even pointed to it on the menu. It took 40 minutes to arrive, but when it did, I got cheese, tomato, peach & cherry!! What the? I explained to the backward waitress the error of her ways and she took the pizza away. Two minutes later she appeared with the 'new' pizza, but all she had done was take the peach off! I now had a cheese, tomato & cherry pizza! Using English, Spanish & Dumbass languages combined, I again informed her of her stupidity. She took the pizza away again and this time returned with my newly microwaved 3rd pizza. This time, just cheese & tomato! I was going to eat it but thought no, I want ham, so I again had my fruitless conversation with the walking numpty.
Finally, at the 4th attempt, my pizza arrived, with some ham chucked on top of it! It was almost time to leave for the bus, so I shoved it all in as quick as possible. Surprisingly, we left no tip here.

After boarding the bus, it was only about a 30mins journey to the Bolivian/Peruvian border. This was a really easy crossing for us. There was a little queue on the Bolivian side and it took us a massive 5 minutes to get stamped out. It was then just a 5 minute walk across no mans land to get into Peru. Here we only took 2 minutes to get stamped in!

However, we were then left waiting for about 40 minutes on the Peruvian side as there were half a dozen Israelis on the bus who weren't being let out of Bolivia. They were told they had to pay 360 Bolivianos (about 36), which was totally illegal. In the end that all paid 100 Bolivianos just to get out. All a bit dodgy and unfair.

When we finally departed, it took 2 and a half hours to get to Puno - a nice short journey for a change. Here we checked into our hostel called Inka's Rest. This hostel is split up into small type apartments, which have 2 or 3 bedrooms and then a shared bathroom and TV room in each one. We were in a 2 bedroom apartment, but no-one came in the other bedroom for the two nights we were there, so we had it all to ourselves.

The rest of the day was spent sorting out some bookings. We first booked our bus to Cusco. We have decided to book the tourist bus that leaves at 7.30am on Tuesday. This bus takes 9 hours, but stops off at loads of places on the way (it also includes free drinks and lunch). We decided to do this instead of the overnight direct bus because we aren't actually seeing much of Peru, just Puno & Cusco, so this lets us see a bit more.

We then booked a trip out to the Uros Reed Islands for tomorrow morning. It's only a 4 hour trip, but we don't really want much longer.

It was then dinner time so we found a take-away chicken & chips place and took the food back to the hostel. It was lovely, just like a British chippy style food!

Lorna then decided to watch the film Mamma Mia - I just banged my head against the wall listening to Pierce Brosnan trying to sing! This began to hurt too much, so I went down to play on the internet instead!
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