Thursday..........A very interesting day
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Had some breakfast and then we (7 plus guide) walked into town and to the Virgin de la Candelaria Church and the little chapel of candles. I didn’t climb to Calvary, but walked around the town and then went back to Hotel Rosario del Lago for lunch. Shortly after 1 we were put into taxis and went to catch the bus to Puno. The bus left about 1:30.
Copa is very close to the border with Peru, so we had to leave the bus, migrate out of Bolivia, walk across the border and then go through immigration in Peru. One girl decided to go to the toilet and the bus driver didn’t want to wait and tried to leave without her. She is always late, and this was no exception.
I really enjoyed the bus trip to Puno, looking at the changing scenery. I had the best seat again, this time on the right side on top of the wheel, so I even had a sort of footrest. The bus was less than half full, nearly everyone English speaking and between 20 and 30; backpackers. As far as I could see, everyone but me went to sleep. Reminded me of Judy’s bus trip through Liechtenstein with Jeanette.
Not long before we reached Puno a non-English speaking (as usual) man, who had been in the front with the driver, asked me where I was going, where I was staying and then did I have a reservation. He came back later with a pamphlet and told me about a visit to the Uros people who live on the floating reed islands.
Anyway, when we arrived at Puno he came with me and took my suitcase. I got some money out of the ATM at the terminal and then he got into a taxi with me. By then it was 4 pm Puno time and we were running late. He was in a hurry, but I had to walk calmly. We got down to the wharf and he put me into a cart while he ran ahead. Got onto the boat about 4:20 and there were about 15 backpackers already there; probably been waiting since 4. After me two or three more people arrived and then we left for the islands. There was a guide who gave an interesting explanation of the floating reed islands and after about half an hour we arrived there. It is mainly a tourist attraction now, but it is interesting to see how the people lived in the past.
After the boat trip the man comes with me in a taxi, we drop off some other people and then go to the train station. It is closed. I really wanted to pick up the tickets tonight because there has been a lot of confusion about them. I paid just before I left Australia, but Peru Rail didn’t seem to know whether they had received the money. So I didn’t want to come in the morning and find that there were problems. There were two men behind the gate.
A taxi takes the man, that’s right, his name is Jesus, and I back to the Casona Plaza. Jesus has been admiring the bag. I ask whether he would like it as a tip. Yes he would. I pay him NS44, AUD16 for the trip. He’s happy and so am I.
The room at the hotel is just OK. No heating so I ask for a heater. A tiny oil heater is put in the room. I have dinner in the restaurant. Between 40 and 49NS, AUD15 to 18, for a glass of red wine, trout with potato chips and a not very nice pancake with cold sliced bananas inside and unwanted chocolate syrup on the top. The hotel has wifi so I send Wednesday’s blog.