Tall lakes are cold lakes

Trip Start Oct 17, 2009
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Trip End Nov 25, 2009


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The Point Puno Hostel

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Just arrived in Puno via night bus and yesterday I spent the entire day at Pisac where I was at the market bargaining and enjoying the company of the Quechua and artisans who were out there. Bought some amazing gifts and supported the death of alpacas and guinea pigs yesterday. Alpaca is nice to wear, but not the best to eat as itīs very tough and hard to eat. And guinea pig cannot be worn, but when I ate it, it had so little meat, it wasnīt worth it at all.

Puno itself has interesting sights to see. At one point, it offers many tours off to Lago Titcaca and Sullestrani and other nearby sights and its so close to the border but at the same time it doesnīt look like thereīs much there within the city. But when you really take a chance to look around there really is. Thereīs the coca museum, the condor lookout, the puma lookout, the mercado and all the rest.

But the hardest is the cold here. Because Puno is so tall in altitude, it can get so cold at night and whatever. But at the same time, the sun is always out so you never know if itīs going to be be warm or if itīs going to be cold during the day.

I arrived so early and met up with some guys that were on the Inka jungle trek along with me. So they were going on the tour over to Islas Flotantes so I joined with them. The interesting thing was that the islands were made of reeds so they are there just for the sake of not having any other land to live off of. But at this point the islands are so commercialized that as one of my travelmates called it <<Disneyland>>. You get to dress up in the localīs wears as you look at their local houses and then they take you to their personal mercado to sell their wares. Then you get the option to go on their reed boat for a small fee as well. It was a nice tour and I enjoyed it but many did not.

Then the next day I got a few things sorted out because I noticed that my flight to Lima had my name reversed. So I spent the next three hours talking to the travel agents and my insurance company to see what I could do in advance. Then I went to the pharmacy to pack up on malaria  pills as well. When I felt that everything was settled I was able to go on a tour with one of my trekmates to Sullestrani.

The tour itself was alright but I had just sent my laundry to be done so I had shorts on and it was raining so I was miserable. We eventually turned ourselves into photo maniacs and made several funny photos rather than trying to do anything that was rational and respectful. But when youīre miserable and bored, silly pictures come about.

Tomorrow I will fly all the way to the Amazon basin and I will be in warm weather for one, but I will finally get a chance to catch up on everything. When youīre on a boat for three days straight,  you can catch up oin reading, journaling, pictures and just plain sleeping and eating. Cannot wait. As long as I get on the plane and my ticket still isnīt messed up.
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