I´m not to sure if any one is acttually reading these travel blogs, but who cares I´ll carry on regardless just so someone out there knows im still alive.
Have now crossed the border into Bolivia and are currently in a tiny town called uyumi, which is an ideal spot to check out the salt deserts which are about 28k westwards. Leaving tomorrow with a couple of Auzzies to check them out and then heading south to the chiliean border into the national park and Lagurda verde which is suppose to be a fantastic sight.
Peru has been a weird experience, with some of the most scenic beauty in the world I think we´ve rushed through the country a little quickly. The Nasca lines were brilliant apart from the bumpy plane flight over the desserts, skydiving was easy compared to this, the drawings in the sand are an enthralling experience though. Why someone would do that though it remains unclear. Macchu Pichhu was also amazing, the inca trail is apparently closed through all of feb, due to rainy season and to allow the trail to repair, which was a little dissapointing and took some of the accomplishment away. We still climbed the mountain, which was possibly more excerting than cotapaxi, a tower of weaving large stone steps which takes you up the side of the mountain with breathtaking views of misty mountain peaks as a just reward. The train journey itself from cuzco was completely booked, so we had to get a train, stay in Aquasquillitas 1 night (the town just below Macchu), than climb to the inca ruin at 4.30am to catch the sunrise at 6pm, look around for 2 hours, before climbing back down to catch the train back at 9.30am, then catching the night bus to Puno, an exhausting day. We should of stayed longer, but time and expence are constantly on my mind. The sight itself is mind blowing, the sun didn´t come out, but it wasn´t raining, so can´t complain. To actually comprehend how the incas managed to roll, pull, drag tonnes of stone slabs up to that precepice is impossible, and how long it took them?? Who knows. But a great day, though very tiring, and costly, $90 for a train ride from cuzco and $40 entrance fee (can take bus rides to reduce the cost), wonder what the peruvians do with all the money with 1000 tourists visiting per day?
Literally after cuzco, another stunning town with loads to do and a huge tourist destination, we headed to Puno, which sits near the bolivian border and next to Lake titicaca, which is the worlds biggest lake at the highest altitude. (roughly 3000sqm) We took a boat ride out to the uros islands, which is about a 30 minute ride to man made islands off the coast of puno where the local indigineous indians live, and kindly allow gringos to look around. The islands are amazing, literally beds of soil, pulled and tied together with the reef plants that grow in the lake piled on top to create a synthetic walkway, with about 3-4 metres of this plant layered on top. Scary walking about, keep thinking youre going to sink. The people then every 3 months keep adding new layers to keep the islands afloat. The people are wonderful and kind and have absolutely nothing, the men fish all day and the women weave with some money coming from the tourist trade. A remarkable place.
From Puno we crossed into Bolivia and to La Paz, the capital, which we hardly saw due to marta feeling poorly and lack of time. So far have preferred the more remote, quiter cities in south america, less pollution, less smell, less taxis, less money. Everyones Happy. Bueno Noches