Travel to Puno

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To get to Puno from Arequipa we used a different bus company this time, Cruz del Sur (Southern Cross). All others in Peru had been done using Ormeno. It was interesting to note the different security measures with a different company. Ormeno just checked your ticket. Cruz del Sur you go through someone checking your carry on luggage, using hand held metal detectors to scan you, checking passport etc. Strange.


The buses are all very neat and tidy and on the long haul journeys, most play movies (in English with Spanish subtitles). The one difference here was that they played bingo on the bus. Woohoo. You could almost hear those bingo wings flapping. Not my cup of tea, so luckily I had the excuse of typing some updates. People got up to do all sorts of stupid things like sing a song and make animal noises in order to get some additional numbers. Fun….


First day of the World Cup, with Germany playing, and we are sitting on a bus. Happily, our taxi driver when we arrived managed to have good news for Kat on the way to the hotel – Germany 4: Costa Rica 2.


Today was also Kat’s aunt’s birthday, so as soon as we arrived in Puno we made a dash for telephone call centre. (In Spanish this is called llamada, which is pronounced “ya-mada”, as in “how’s ya mada”). Being about 3pm when we arrived, it was about 9pm in Germany when we finally made the call.


At Casa de Tintin in Arequipa we had picked up a little brochure on B&B’s in Peru and made use of it to find our stay in Puno at XXXX. The people were really sweet and made it very easy for us too.


We went for a wander around town. There is not much in the guidebooks about Puno as most people use it as a starting and ending point for visiting the islands in Lake Titikaka. While there is not much to see, it is actually quite a pleasant little town.


While wandering from the plaza to the cathedral down a pedestrian arcade, we stopped for a bite at a place called Giorgio’s. What a nice surprise. I had a pizza (pepperoni, chilli and extra avo) and Kat had a sandwich (chicken mayo and roasted vegetables). Both were awesome. Done to perfection, beautifully presented and delicious.


From there a bit more wandering around and booking our trip into the lake.


Puno is on the edge of Lake Titikaka and is in the region known as the Alltiplano, or highlands. It is at about 3,900m above sea level, so the effects of altitude are obvious. Firstly, the sky is an incredible colour of blue. Secondly, exercise does leave you a little short of breath. More good practice for Machu Picchu for us.

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