Puno

17 01 2009
Altiplano

Altiplano

We made it to Puno after about a 5 hour bus ride from Arequipa. The drive took us through the altiplano which was interesting to see. We really like the town of Puno, it is a little more low key and less touristy they the other places we have been so far.

We ate at another really good restaurant, Alexa had trout from Lake Titicaca and Jason had alpaca in a peppery sauce, both very good. We bought Alpaca sweaters from a lady who knit then by hand (or at least that is what she told us). Both of us really wanted to get a sweater while we were in Peru and it was exciting to go out and shop and bargain for them. We also went to the Islas Flotantes which are the islands made of reeds that the Uros people have lived on for hundreds of years. It was interesting to see the islands and nice to see a little of Lake Titicaca, but it was a big tourist trap. It is just a quick stop for us in Puno but we may try and go to one of the more remote islands if we come back through Puno.

Lucia, the sweater maker

Lucia, the sweater maker

Floating islands

Floating islands

Tomorrow we head off to Cuzco. We splurged and are taking the tourist bus there, which stops at ruins along the way.

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4 responses

17 01 2009
Mike Burke

Kind of looks like eastern Oregon with thunder storms. Nice looking sweater. What is that growing on Jason’s face?

18 01 2009
Jason and Alexa

It was the beginning of a beard, but I want to get student prices on some expensive admission tickets. And since our current hotel has both warm water and a mirror (a rare treat), I was able to shave it off for now.

18 01 2009
Aunt Linda

I am enjoying hearing about your adventures and seeing your beautiful pictures. Your trip sounds very exciting!

22 01 2009
Christine Young

Jason, did you show Lucia that you could knit? When/if you do, it makes instant friends! She is knitting in-the-round and I wonder how the tradditional knitting needles were made if they traditionally knit in-the-round?

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