Yet another shithole!!!!!
Trip Start Jun 26, 2006
119Trip End Feb 28, 2007
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Arriving into Puno about 3pm our worst fears were realised and as we were prewarned it was a complete shithole. Probably the worst one so far..... which is saying something!!!! Fortunately when we went into the bus station a tour operator was waiting who led us to a very nice hotel where we got a 50% discount. He also sorted our Lake Titicaca tours and our bus outta there so we werent complaing
The following morning we woke early for our tour, not that we´d slept much. Both finding it very hard to sleep all the way up here. As we got downstairs the guy from yesterday turned up with our bus tickets outta Puno..... thank god! and the minibus to take us to the port. After doing the rounds picking up other people we got to the port. Turned out that the port was more a tourist boat marina than a port, tho there were remnents of wot looked like a bygone age littered around. The boat was very nice, tho as ames said it was very like a bus on wheels and we´ve done rather a lot of buses. We were told it was only 20 mins to the famous floating reed islands of the Uros people so we sat back and enjoyed the ride
Before long we were back on the boat. We had two hours to reach Taquile, a strange island where the men wear bed caps and the women hide under blankets
Once at Taquile it turned out we had a 2km walk to do, most of it to ames dissatisfation was uphill, and then after lunch 500 steps to walk down, which she liked the idea of even less. It aint easy hiking at 3800 metres u know!!!! It was a pleasent walk up through the agriculture terraces with really cool views of the lake. We were glad when we finally started to draw near to the main plaza as it was quite tiring with the altitude and the hot sun. The village was amazing, clean, tidy, almost organised and most houses seemed to have solar power.... light years ahead of the rest of peru! The plaza however wasnt much.... a shack of a church, a gleaming municipal building and a artisan workshop selling bed caps at ridulously inflated prices. We met back up with our group and went to the place we were having lunch. It was a real local place complete with bed cap topped man serving. had vege soup, lake trout and chips. Was all really good and included a mug of happy inducing coca tea all for just 4 bucks. Then it was the steps down to the boat and the long ride back to Puno. Once back i wrote loadsa rubbish about it and had hopefully more yummy food before bed. It´ll be an early day tomorrow.....we´re off to bolivia!!!
Food was actually amazing at cool restaurant that irons all over the wall, we both had alpaca and it was scrummy! Throughout the evening there was a real crazy procession going on with loadsa people dressed in black waving white hankies. Turned out it was the police graduation!!!!!! God help Peru!!!