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  • Day263

    Back to Nicaragua

    September 16, 2017 in Nicaragua

    After almost 9 months of traveling all the way from Mexico down to Chile and Bolivia all by bus, car or boat I took my first flight to get back to Central America. I flew from Lima to Bogota where I had a 7 hour stopover over night to sleep on a bench in the airport. From here I first went to Costa Rica for another quick stopover before finally getting to my beloved Nicaragua.
    I had never been to the airport in Managua but I felt confident being here just knowing this is Nica. I ignored most of the taxi drivers offering me rides to wherever I wanted to go and just asked one where the bus to the market leaves from where I could catch a bus to Rivas. Obviously he first wanted to take me there but when I insisted on the bus he pointed across the street and a few minutes later I was sitting in one of the familiar old American school busses cruising through Managua.
    It felt so good to be back! I took the bus to Rivas where the people tried to fool me like usual saying there are no busses to San Juan that day. But I just laughed and told them it's not my first time here. So I made my way from Managua to San Juan in about 5 hours paying less than $3,-!
    Johannes picked me up in San Juan del Sur and I was back to paradise ☺
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  • Day259

    Lima

    September 12, 2017 in Peru

    Lima was kind of the last stop of my big trip of exploring Latin America. From here I was heading back to Nicaragua where I would spend most of my time in the Surfcamp working and surfing.
    I checked into the Pariwana Hostel which belonged to the hostel I stayed in Cusco. It was a bit more expensive but I knew from Cusco that it would be worth its money. After a shower I headed out exploring my surroundings. The hostel was in Miraflores, a modern district of Lima. I made my way down to the coast passing by lots of fastfood restaurants and tourist shops. The view of the ocean was mainly grey. The sky was covered in clouds (and smogg?). But I watched some surfers out in the water and got more and more excited about heading to Nicaragua soon. I thought about paddling out, but why renting a board and a wet suit when I knew I had my surfboard waiting for me in 3 days in a place where I could surf in a bikini?
    There was a fancy shopping mall at the oceanfront and I wandered around here a little. I found a photo exhibition showing pictures of people from Peru. The pictures were great and you could fantasies about the story behind every person easily while looking at them.
    Later I met up with Sarmad, the guy I went bungee jumping with in Cusco, in the bar of my hostel. We had a few drinks before heading out for what everybody recommended for Lima: eating the best ceviche! We went to "Punto Azul" and had an amazing dinner with 3 different kinds of ceviche as a starter followed by a tasty seafood rice.
    The next day we went on the free walking tour to the historical center of Lima. The tour was nice and informative but not as much fun as the once I took in La Paz or Quito. I guess it always depends on your guide.
    After chilling out at the hostel for a while we went to the second attraction everybody had told me not to miss when in Lima: Circuito Magico del Agua - a park full of illuminated water fountains.
    It was kind of cheesy but still nice. And we had a lot of fun trying to get to the center of a water fountain with different rings of fountains starting and stopping randomly. Unfortunately I started running 3 times the moment the water started. So my shoes and pants were soaked afterwards (and it wasn't warm in Lima). We took lots of nice and funny pictures before heading back to the hostel for dinner and drinks.
    The next day I joined the free walking tour of Barranco the bohemian district of Lima. It was nice to see this side of the city with lots of streetart and nice little shops. I met a group of people on the tour and we went for a craft beer brewery afterwards for a beer. We split up for dinner and I went with just one girl to a bar near the hostel that had amazing sandwiches with good italian ham and cheese. Something I hadn't had in a while.
    The next was my last day in South America. I met Sarmad again over lunch and went down to the coast afterwards.
    After an early dinner of ceviche and rice with seafood (this time in a more affordable place) I caught my shuttle to the airport and was off to Nicaragua.
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  • Day259

    Cusco to Lima

    September 12, 2017 in Peru

    I usually always tried to find the cheapest bus even if that meant getting less quality. But I had promised myself for my last bus ride in South America, which would also be my longest, I would treat myself to something special: Cruz del Sur. Supposedly it's like flying business class. I was always joking around with other low budget travelers that it might just be a myth and it's not actually any different inside. But now I'm about to get to see if it stands up to its reputation.
    This is gonna be a "live post" as I'm writing while I'm actually sitting in the waiting area waiting to board the bus.
    First impressions is definitely positive. Even the terminal is a lot more fancy to what I'm used to. It's clean and has a free toilet (no paper though). And it's so quiet. But obviously also the clientele is different. I'm used to being the only foreigner on a bus. When I look around me now I see more fellow travelers than locals.
    Boarding started 20 minutes before departure. Everybody had to show ticket and passport and they even checked us and our luggage with some kind of detector (even though I don't think it was really thoroughly).
    I'm on the bus now and I'm superexcited. On my seat awaited me a blanket and a pillow. The seat itself is comfy but doesn't recline more than the ones I had on cheap busses in Bolivia. But it's definitely a lot cleaner and feels more secure. Secure in the sense that there are no cracks in the windshield and the backrest doesn't feel like it might crack if I adjust it.
    But also in the sense of safety of my stuff. Usually I'm really careful with my stuff on night busses and I'm not sure if I should behave different now? Can I leave my bag on the floor or do I keep it on my lap as usual? I mean the only times things got stolen from me so far were always in hostels by fellow travelers (money from my room, food or drinks from the kitchen).
    We left the terminal at 2:03pm which I would call on time for South America 😉
    When I just turned on the screen in front of me the first thing they showed was a information video about Cruz del Sur including some security advice. I really feel like on a plane. The headphones provided are bad quality but the system also works with mine so I'm fine.
    I can choose between over 25 movies, kids program with more movies and games or books. Books? It's one audio book but the others are really meant to be read on screen.
    I managed to get my favorite front row seat with panoramic window again. Now I can't decide if I wanna watch a movie or the landscape ☺
    Decided for a movie first. It even came with English subtitles! Even though I'm getting food (dinner & breakfast) I bought some snacks earlier. So I just watched a movie with a bag of chips while driving through the Andes. Nice.
    The streets are winding through the mountains so I was a little worried how to eat a proper meal on the driving bus. But we got the food when we entered a small town called Abancay where we then even stopped for a few minutes to pick up people. The food was quite ok. Like airplane food.
    I'm not sure if I like the concept to not get of the bus at all. Apparently it emerged in a time when it was more common that busses would get robbed. The promise of Cruz der Sur was to bring you to your destination save and sound without stopping. That's why they don't stop for meals but serve it on the bus and why they have proper toilets. The toilets are surprisingly clean by the way. But on this winding roads it's quite a challenge.
    I'm on my 4th movie by now. More than I have watched in the last months :)
    I fell asleep over that last movie and even though I woke up every now and then and watched the dark street in front of me I managed to catch some proper sleep. I watched another movie over breakfast and arrived to Lima after the promised 20 hours.
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  • Day256

    Pisac

    September 9, 2017 in Peru

    I knew I couldn't bring a lot of souvenirs from my trip but I at least wanted to buy a few things here in Peru as I wouldn't need to carry it around a lot more. In Arequipa someone recommended the market in Pisac, a small town near Cusco, for this. Apparently this market was every day but on Sunday it was supposed to be even bigger. As daytrips from Cusco would get there around 11 every Sunday morning - and I had some spare days anyway -I decided to be clever and go to Pisac for one night from Saturday to Sunday and get to the market before the tourist busses arrive. Pisac should be nice enough to spend an afternoon there. When I got to Pisac I found my hostel and dropped my daypack before heading back into town. It turned out the town wasn't more than a few streets with a market square in the middle. The highly recommended Chocolate Museum wasn't more than a little store with some information panels and a lot of cafes and restaurants weren't even open. So I was done exploring within an hour and got back to the hostel around 4 to spend the afternoon reading and writing my blogg. I had a private room as the hostel didn't offer shared rooms and the price was the same anyways. I saw a few other people coming in or leaving but didn't really talk to anybody.
    When I went back out for dinner some of the restaurants were still closed. Maybe they only open for the tourists on sunday? I found a nice little place with a cheap menu del dia. After I ordered I realized that the 2 other guests were just finishing up their meal and leaving. So I sat there by myself while the owners of the restaurant didn't try to hide the fact that they would like to close up as soon as possible. Weird little town.
    I rose early the next morning and went out motivated to do some shopping before heading back to Cusco. But people were still setting up the market stands and had still covered most of there stuff. Also the Cafés around for breakfast were still closed. It seemed this town only existed to please the tourists coming on a tour. Around 9 I found a nice Café with a balcony overlooking the market square where I had breakfast watching the market finally coming to life.
    After breakfast I explored the market and actually managed to buy everything I wanted quickly so I was on my way back to Cusco before 11. So in the end I never saw if the town actually does get more lively once all the tourists arrive.
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  • Day253

    Machu Picchu

    September 6, 2017 in Peru

    Once in Aguas Calientes I got really excited to see Machu Picchu! It's one of this places you have seen on so many pictures but I actually still didn't really know what to expect. The entrance to the site opens at 6 in the morning and the gate to the stairs to get up there around 5. Our guide (who took the bus up there) told us to leave our hotel around 4:30 to get to the first checkpoint just before it opened. But obviously that would be the time everybody would get there. So Craig and I decided to get up even earlier. We left our hotel around 4 and even though there was already quite a long line outside the first checkpoint we made it through right at 5. Walking up the stairs was hard first because there were so many people. But once the slower people fell back we could actually walk free at our own pace. Craig was super motivated and almost running up the stairs. I fell behind after a while but when I got to the main entrance he was waiting for me being one of the first in line! I caught up with him and when the gates opened we managed to catch our first view of Machu Picchu with almost no people around!
    I know this whole move of being first in line sounds super german but that moment standing there seeing the ruins within the clouds was so worth the hassle!
    Unfortunately the weather really wasn't the best and the clouds never fully disappeared. It gave the side an even more mystical appearance but at some point it was just to cold and as it was raining a little on and off everything was wet. This made taking a break while wandering the site hard. It would have been nice to just chill on one of the surrounding plateaus for a while to enjoy the view.
    The later it got the more crowded it also became. At one point I accidentally walked into a marriage proposal 😅 she said yes.
    After I had explored the main ruins I went to the Inka Bridge. This was a really narrow bridge along the side of a mountain. Apparently the Inkas used to take away the wooden boards to cut off access to Machu Picchu.
    For the way back we had different schedules depending on way of transportation. I was talking the bus back from Hydroelectrica so I had to walk back again along the rails. I walked by myself listening to my music and really enjoyed this replaying my memories of the day.
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  • Day250

    Inka Jungle Trek

    September 3, 2017 in Peru

    There are several ways to get to Machu Picchu. The most famous one is the Inka Trail but as it's limited to a number of people every day you have to book month in advance so I skipped that. A similar hike is the salkantay trail which lots of people recommended but I was kind of done with a lot of hiking and being cold so I went for the fun option: the Inka Jungle Trek, which is a combination of hiking, biking, rafting and ziplining. Also it takes you to Machu Picchu through the lower jungle which means warm temperatures and no altitude!
    I booked the tour with the same company I used for Rainbow Mountain even though people had recommended a company called "Marvelous Machu Picchu" to me. The lady in the Marvelous office just wasn't as convincing as the other one. But I was happy to realize when I was picked up that my company had sold me of to Marvelous.
    The tour started with a bus ride for a few hours that took us to our starting point for the bike ride atop a mountain on 4,200m. From here we went 2,000m downhill on paved roads. I knew the biking would be the most challenging for me as going downhill on a bike still freaks me out sometimes. I started with the group but realized quickly that I was the only one actually using the breaks when the road started turning. So I decided to let the group go ahead and just make my way down at my own speed. It felt like I was going pretty fast but I was so far behind that I couldn't see the rest of the group after just a few minutes. We took a break after the first 45 minutes. Till this point our guide had been leading the group but for the second part he went inside the car and let us ride free. Needless to say the group went even faster now and I fell even further back. But I decided to not let this bother me and just enjoy the ride and the view.
    When I caught up with the group we got back in the car to drive to Santa Maria where we had lunch and checked into our accommodation for the first night. After lunch our next activity was the rafting. As I was sold of by another company I didn't join the main group for this activity. Me and two other guys joined another group which was kind of weird first but turned out to be quite nice as we met some fun people. The rafting was a lot more fun than the biking. And our guide did his best to make it fun. We hit every stone that was in our way and went backwards through every faster rappel. In the end we stopped by the side of the river and got to jump from a bridge into the water.
    We met the rest of our group back at our hostel and had a beer in our garden before heading over to "the only bar" for dinner. Quite a funny name for the only bar in this little town. But our guide told us it wasn't a good idea to be drinking to heavy that night as the next day was a lot of hiking. So after dinner we only shared another beer before heading to bed early. I shared my room with Craig from England and Herbert (I think his name was spelled different though) from Brasil. The funniest thing was that the guy from Brasil spoke a decent english but just couldn't understand Craig because of his accent. So I always had to translate.
    The next morning after breakfast we started our hike towards Santa Teresa where we would spend our second night. As we were only on about 1000m the temperature was pretty hot. And hiking on such a low altitude was a nice change! I could actually feel my legs before running out of breath and remembered that this is a normal sensation when hiking. But the hike wasn't bad at all. Craig and I were walking ahead most of the time which I enjoyed a lot after being by far the last on the bikes the day before. We walked flat for a while before climbing up for about an hour to reach the part of the trek that was a real Inka Trail. It was an narrow path along the side of a mountain. Nothing for people with fear of heights but the view from here was amazing.
    Along the way our guide explained a lot about the history of the Inka. I really enjoyed the day as the hike was a nice and varied between hiking through the jungle or climbing alongside the mountain. In the end we crossed a river in a metal basket hanging on a zip line operated by hand and walked through a tunnel only illuminated by our flashlights.
    We ended at the hot springs in Santa Teresa which were the nicest I've seen on my trip so far. Several nicely laid out pools with different temperatures and a supernice view towards the mountains. Craig and I had a lot of fun with his waterproof iPhone 7 taking pictures underwater - once we trusted it to really be waterproof.
    From here we took a bus to our accommodation in Santa Teresa. Here our guide announced that this was the night for drinking as we would start the day a little later the next morning and would only do ziplining and the 3 hour hike to Aguas Calientes. And as soon as we got to the restaurant for dinner they started promoting happy hour. It's funny how this sometimes works. After our meal our guide came around with "Inka Dick" - Tequila from a cup shaped like an inka person with a huge dick. You were drinking through the dick which was covered in condensed milk. Only after everybody had at least one sip of this we could move on to "Inka Pussy". Tequila infused with Chili. This one was actually quite good as the chili took away the burn of the alcohol. After a while all the other groups staying in Santa Teresa came over to our restaurant and we actually had something like a party there with more Inka drinks and lots of dancing. Apparently the Inka Jungle Trek with its activities is a guys thing. There were a few couples, a group of 4 girls traveling together and me.
    The next morning I woke up regretting taking the offer of the barkeeper to take another Pisco Sour instead of change when paying my bill. But after breakfast I was feeling better and ready for the zip lining. I had to join another group again for this activity but by now I knew lots of people from the other groups so it was actually fun to meet again.
    I had done ziplining before but this time it was a lot of fun as we got to go in all kind of different positions. I went hanging upside down, lying on my back turning around the anker and flying head first.
    From the ziplining we drove with busses to Hydroelectrica, the last train station on the way to Machu Picchu that can be reached by car. A few people took the train from here to Aguas Calientes but my group all walked along the train treks. Walking along train treks is one of these things your parents taught you not to do but the few passing trains were so slow I guess it's hard to actually get hit. It was a nice hike and almost completely flat. Close to Aguas Calientes we caught a glimpse of the stairs leading up the mountain to Machu Picchu we would be climbing up the next morning.
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  • Day248

    Montaña de 7 Colores

    September 1, 2017 in Peru

    The "Montaña de 7 Colores" or "Rainbow Mountain" is one of the tourist attractions around Cusco that gets promoted so much it almost feels like you don't need to go there as you see the pictures everywhere. And it kind of feels like they must have worked on the pictures with photoshop. This can't be natural so maybe the real thing is a disappointment compared to all the pictures?
    But I still wanted to go. If just to challenge me to climb up to 5,000m. I booked a tour in Cusco that included transportation to the starting point of the hike, breakfast and lunch. I was picked up at 3:30 in the morning and just climbed on the bus trying to get back to sleep. Unfortunately there were to german people talking to each other on the bus and it's a lot easier to blend out foreign languages than your own. It was an older guy talking to a girl around my age. The guy told her she sounded like she came from Hamburg. Which she did not but I stopped myself from getting into the conversation. This got a lot harder when he suddenly said "I gonna be traveling for about 2 years. I wouldn't if I could work but I had to take a break for health reasons. The time is not gonna bring me anything - you know like if I would be at home working - but it's ok for a while!" How could somebody who has been on the road for a while say something like that? I assumed the experience is similar for everyone but turns out there are actually people that feel working at home is more fulfilling than traveling the world. Even though I almost felt physical pain not commenting on this I guess it's something I have to learn to accept. Not everybody feels the same way about their journey.
    We drove around Cusco for easily an hour picking up more people before we finally started towards Japura where we had breakfast before driving the last 30 minutes to the starting point of our hike. The hike started on 4,300m and would go up to 5,100m which was the higher than I hiked up to so far. I expected it to be similar to the hike up to Laguna 69 which had been on 4,600m but with a similar rise.
    I started hiking with the german girl who was not from Hamburg but Mainz! We talked about our travels and I had to learn again that the experience is different for everyone. She had just decided to cut her trip short as her travel partner had just left her and she didn't really enjoy traveling by herself.
    We talked for a while but even though the hike wasn't to steep I realized quickly that talking wouldn't be to easy. At some point we were walking quietly and when she stopped to redo her shoe laces I kept walking as I knew a hike like this is best done at your own pace. I felt a lot better than when I hiked up to Laguna 69 so I guess being on high altitude for a few weeks helps.
    Lots of people were taking horses on the way up so the guides coming down with empty horses always tried to convince you to get on their horse. But I stayed strong and kept walking. Especially as you had to get of the horse for the really steep parts anyway.
    The last bit was the steepest. Here all the horses were turning around. But it really wasn't that bad. And the promise of the view was pushing me to keep going. Once up there I realized I was first of my group and I easily waited 15 minutes for the other girls to come up. I was proud to be so well trained by now.
    The view of the Rainbow Mountain was unreal. I was amazed by what nature does. After taking tons of pictures we continued walking to the Red Valley. The view point for Rainbow Mountain was super crouch but not a lot of people walk the extra 20 minutes to go to the Red Valley. Which was good for us but a shame for them. The landscape here was almost more impressive. And to get there you had to walk along the surface of Rainbow Mountain which gave you a much closer look of the different colored rocks.
    I was really happy I choose to do this tour as it was definitely worth its money. So beautiful and unreal!
    After we hiked down and got back to the car quite a lot of people complained about trouble with the altitude. One lady even got oxygen from a tank and almost everybody took a breath of rubbing alcohol against the headache. Seeing this I was really happy that I was used to the thin air by now and never got really bad sickness from it.
    We had lunch in Japura and got back to Cusco in the afternoon.
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  • Day247

    Cusco 2.0

    August 31, 2017 in Peru

    After my first visit to Cusco a few weeks ago I was happy that coming back here now I didn't really have to worry about the altitude anymore as I was actually coming from a higher region. Altitude still sometimes made me struggle when walking uphill and I realized there is a reason everybody walks slower here. But I was pretty used to the feeling of being out of breath easy by now and other than that I didn't feel it anymore.
    All together I stayed almost 2 weeks in and around Cusco including a daytrip to Montaña de siete Colores, my 4-day Inka-Jungle-Trek to Machu Picchu and a quick 1-night visit to Pisac in the Sacred Valley. Cusco was my base for the days in between and I usually used them to organize stuff and chill.
    I stayed at Pariwana Hostel for the whole time. It wasn't the cheapest place but really nice with big common areas outside and inside (lots of hostels in Cusco only have open air common areas which get quite cold after sunset), hot showers and a great breakfast. I met lots of people here and we explored the city together during the day or went for dinner at night.
    After the Inka-Jungle-Trek I had one of the most unexpected and amazing mornings of this trip. On the trek I had met Sarmad from Lebanon. We weren't in the same group but still met for all the activities along the trek. We had planned to meet for a drink in Cusco the night after we got back but as it was already pretty late we decided to skip that. But Sarmad asked me to join him and his friends the next morning to go to an adventure park for bungee jumping. As my budget was pretty low by now I knew I wouldn't be able to actually join them jumping but I decided to come along to watch anyways. So I met them at their hotel the next day expecting a quiet morning. But once at the adventure agency Sarmad said he would pay for me so that I could join them jump!
    First I thought this is something I cannot except. But than I remembered I had been in a similar situation before. Years ago I was traveling in Turkey and I had met Kavit from London in Istanbul. We went to Capadocia together where most of the tourists take a balloon flight over the amazing landscape. I didn't have the money for it but Kavit offered to invite me. I felt I couldn't except it and told him I didn't want to go. In the end he took another guy from his hostel as he was just looking for someone to share this experience with and he knew the money wouldn't hurt him. Kavit and I are still friends and I learned from him if someone offers to pay for you it's ok to take it. It might just make the other person happy to see you happy. And it's mostly more fun to enjoy something together.
    So suddenly I signed a paper saying that I fully accept the dangers of jumping of a 120m high plattform and found myself getting ready for something crazy.
    The jump was incredible! When I talk about it now I can't believe that I went through with it without hesitation. You enter the cage on the ground and get pulled up to the 120m. When the door opens you have to step out on a plattform and stand right on the edge. One of the guys still holds on to you and you stretch both arms to the side. Now he counts to 3 and the moment he lets go you have to jump off. The moment you dive into nothing was the most intense feeling ever. It's scary and freeing at the same time! I never gonna forget that feeling - and I'm so thankful for Sarmads generosity to make this possible.
    The rush of adrenaline kept me busting for the rest of the day. We all had lunch together but then the guys had to go to catch a flight to Arequipa.
    Elsa, the french girl I had met on my tour to the Floating Islands, got to Cusco as well for my last two days. We met up for drinks and dinner and went to a concert together afterwards. It was a band combining modern and traditional instruments and rhythms. First I wasn't to sure about it but it was actually quite fun.
    My last full day in Cusco I went up to the Christo Blanco overlooking Cusco. The Christ was pretty small compared to others I had seen but the view from up here and the climb up through the small alleys of Cuscos less fancy residential areas was nice. On my way down I went to explore the neighborhood of San Blas. It's a nice area with lots of shops and restaurants that you could find in Europe. They had nice local products that weren't the typical tourist trash you find everywhere else. Unfortunately now my budget was really limited as I had just bought a surfboard in Nicaragua ☺
    For lunch I met Elsa in a vegan restaurant so many people had recommended to me I felt I couldn't miss it. And it fulfilled its recommendations. The lunch menu was a soup, a salad to choose from a buffet, one of two mains to choose from (I had stuffed Yucca on mashed green peas), a dessert and a juice. And all that for 15,- Soles (about $ 4,-).
    As it was pretty crowded we shared a table with two guys and started talking. We had a really nice conversation about work & life and ended up staying a lot longer than our lunch took.
    After this it was time to start saying goodbye as I was leaving for Lima, my final stop in South America, the next day.
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  • Day247

    Floating Islands & Taquile

    August 31, 2017 in Peru

    Most people had recommended skipping Puno but as I had the time I had decided to check out both sides of Lake Titicaca. Also I wanted to see the man-made Floating Islands of the Peruvian side. I got to Puno in the early afternoon and went out towards the lake to book a tour for the next day to go to the Floating Islands and at least one more Island. I thought a ticket for just the transportation would be the cheapest but as it turned out the tour agencies were in such a battle that it was cheaper to take a tour.
    From here I went to the market to buy some food for the trip the next day and something to cook for dinner. I got a little overexcited and ended up having pasta with avocado, tomatoes, cheese and egg for dinner. But it was yummy.
    The next morning lots of people were waiting to be picked up for tours all doing exactly the same. But all by different companies. The small streets of Puno were busy with lots of minivans shuttling people from their hotel to the boats.
    I met Elsa on my tour. She was from France and we spend the day together. Our first stop was one of the Floating Islands. The Island was probably less than 100sqm and only inhabited a handful of people in 3 little hats. When we got to the island our guide told us the leader of the island would take us out on his boat to show us how they build the Floating Islands. Getting on the boat came at an extra cost but staying behind meant missing the whole explanation. I didn't like the way they ripped of tourists but I was still to curious to stay behind. The Islands are basically build on top of blocks of earth and roots of reed. These blocks get connected till they grow together. On top come different layers of reed put down crosswise. We also got to try the reed.
    Some of the bigger islands have been accepting tourists for years now but the smaller ones just started making money about 2 years ago. Same applies for electricity. 2 years ago there was nothing. Now the little hats had a solar panel connected and a TV inside.
    From here we went to Taquile which was similar to Isla del Sol. Climbing the steps up the island I felt like I had finally gotten better with working out on altitude as I made it up as one of the firsts. We had lunch on the island and walked around for a while.
    The boat back to Puno was 3 hours and I actually think I enjoyed being on the boat watching over the lake the most of the tour.
    I had dinner back in Puno and caught a nightbus afterwards to get to Cusco.
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  • Day246

    Bordercrossing to Peru

    August 30, 2017 in Peru

    When I got to Copacabana it was just after 12pm. There was a tourist bus going straight to my next stop Puno in Peru in about an hour but I had decided to do the bordercrossing independently. It was supposed to be cheaper and probably even faster to make the way to Puno with different busses. I first took a collectivo to Kasani on the Bolivian side of the border. A tourist bus from Peru had just arrived at the immigration office but I managed to get ahead of them and only had about 6 people ahead of me in line. After walking across the border I got a little confused at the Peruvian immigration office. I was all by myself and wasn't sure if this was the right spot. But sometimes you are lucky and there is just no line at all.
    From the border I took another collectivo to Yunguyo in Peru from where I could catch a direct bus to Puno. When I sat on the bus I checked the time. It was just after 12pm. The time difference between Bolivia and Peru made it possible that I crossed the border in literally no time!
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