Adios Peru, Hola Bolivia!

Trip Start Sep 03, 2009
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Trip End Nov 21, 2009


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Hotel Rosario, La Paz

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Yay we made it to Bolivia!
Arrived into LaPaz after a fairly uneventful bus trip from Puno, at least a few more stamps in the passport.  It was an amazing sight driving into La Paz, its built on the side of a mountain & some of the homes just look like they´re hanging on, it certainly was eye catching & so far have a good feeling about Bolivia, looking forward to the 10 days here.
Update since Cusco.....we had 4 nights there after Machu Picchu & it was great to be in the one place for a few days, laundry was finally done & we were pretty happy not to have to repack the bags for a few days.  Cusco is very touristy town, lots of people stop here to acclimatise before going to the Inca trail or Lares.  Lots of market stalls around, just bought a few things....we had free days here (ie. not tour guide) but we managed to find some cheap nice restaurants & didnt get sick & just spent the time wandering around the maze of streets hoping not to get lost, it was fun.  From Cusco we left on the Sunday morning for Puno, this is a small town with not much to do, its used as a starting point for trips on Lake Titicaca.  Our trip was firstly 3 hours to Taquile island for lunch, amazing scenery & colours maybe cos its so high, this is the largest lake in the world about 2000m.  Hope the photos will look as good - had a great lunch of trout from the lake & learned of the many traditions from this island, it was fascinating.  We left in the afternoon to head to another peninsula for our homestay.  Here we split into pairs & then met our ¨mamas¨ who would be looking after us for the evening.  But first we had to play soccer with some of the locals boys, of course they won 6-5 but at a distinct advantage being used to running at 4000m, it was breathless work but fun to have a run around. After the football we then dressed in traditional costume for some dancing, the womens outfits were spectacular, it was lots of fun, very colourful.  After the festivities we went to our homes with the mamas, we also had the pet lamb, Pancho!.  We stayed with the mamas while they cooked dinner, the language barrier was a bit of a problem but lots of miming went on!  The food was probably some of the best on the trip, something to be said for homemade cooking.  Our beds were in a mud brick room, lots of space but pretty cold, it got down to minus something but the 6 alpaca/sheep blankets were definately needed.  Woken far too early by the rooster & baying donkeys!  After breakfast & saying goodbye we headed for the Uros islands which are the floating reed islands, definately the oddest living conditions I´ve every seen. Back to Puno for the evening then off to La Paz in the morning.
Our first night in LaPaz was a farewell dinner for our Peruvian tour guide Julio & Maryam one of the Canadian ladies.  The next night we meet our new tour guide for the 10days in Bolivia & 3 new recruits...... 
Will update again soon, sorry for the lack of photos but its been pretty hard to download them, incredibly slow & i have no patience, will put some on facebook which is a lot easier, will be in touch soon.
Love Judy
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