Lake Titicaca

Trip Start Sep 26, 2005
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Trip End Dec 12, 2005


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Monday, October 24, 2005

The highest navigatable lake in the world. We took a one day train trip from Cusco to Puno, which is the town that sits on the Peruvian side of the Lake. Puno itself doesn't get much of a rap from the guide books as a town (nor from us), and seems to be only used as an access point to Lake Titicaca. We booked ourselves on a one day tour which took us to the floating reed islands, which are very impressive - they say they last about 20 to 25 years and then need to be rebuilt. It was funny feeling the islands rock in the wake of boats going by. Though these islands are traditional, now they seem to purely serve the purpose of a tourist attraction, with at least 8 boats doing the rounds with us in the morning, despite it being low season.

From here we headed out to Taquille Island, which is about 3hours from the shore of Puno, and is well into the Lake (the reed islands aren't really out in the lake proper). Taquille Island was a sweet little island, where we spent some time walking up to the center of the island, then had some lunch. The afternoon was spent getting back to Puno, with most of us having a nap on the way. We spent this night in Puno too, and then headed to Bolivia the next morning. As I mentioned in an earlier posting. The crossing into Bolivia is the easiest I've ever done. All of our gear stayed on the bus, and we wandered from the exit of Peru to the entry of Bolivia, where they gave us a stamp, and we were on our way. I kept waiting for something to be complicated about it. Was great, particularly given that the Aussie boys - Glen and Mike - had surfboard bags weighing about 20kg each with them - definitely a useful thing to bring to a landlocked country!

The bus trip took us all day, and gave us the best views of Lake Titicaca, at times it was more like we were driving along the coastline then against a river. It was really beautiful, with the background of mountains - the mountains through this region are so amazing, I don't think I can grow tired of the site.

We arrived in La Paz in the afternoon... ready for all the adventures that Bolivia has to offer!!
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