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Happy New Year

Friday, December 31st, 2004

We`ve been on holiday for the past couple of New Years and they`ve been OK but nothing special. And these days we struggle to keeep our eyes open past 10pm anyway, so we weren`t expecting anything too spectacular for seeing in 2005. But Cusco was something else.
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Any room at the Inn?

Thursday, December 30th, 2004

The minibus finally turned up to drop off most of the Puno to Cusco passengers. We all had to haul our luggage onto the bus but felt reassured that weŽd be dropped off at the door to our hotel. As the bus set off, we realised that it was unlikely that the driver had passed his test, or at least driven a vehicle like this before. His gear changes were tortuous but it felt good to finally be here, as we crunched our way through Cusco!
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The tour to Cusco

Thursday, December 30th, 2004
The bus was to leave Puno at 7.15am in the morning. Hhmmmm. Heard that one before. We were on the bus on time but continued to wait for other tourists from other hotels in the vicinity. Well, at least being ... [Continue reading this entry]

Party time in Puno

Wednesday, December 29th, 2004
The bus arrived in Puno and everyone jostled to get their hands back on their rucksacks. We were hustled into a taxi by a guy who was very disappointed to find that weŽd booked everything in Puno and were only visiting ... [Continue reading this entry]

Bye-bye Bolivia!

Wednesday, December 29th, 2004
After our Isla del Storm experience, it was great to have a proper nightŽs sleep back at the Hotel Rosario in Copocabana. WeŽd booked our seats on the bus to Puno which was due to leave at 1.15pm. Puno is ... [Continue reading this entry]


Wednesday, December 29th, 2004
I think Eugene was feeling a little guilty for putting me though the Isla del Storm experience. When we got back to Copacabana we went for breakfast and he nipped off to "change some money". When he returned, he presented ... [Continue reading this entry]

Isla Del Storm!!

Wednesday, December 29th, 2004
It was Em who stayed awake while Eug dropped off to sleep almost as soon as his head hit his makeshift pillow. And what a good thing this was that one of us stayed awake a little longer than ... [Continue reading this entry]

Isla Del Sol

Wednesday, December 29th, 2004
We'd planned to trek the Isla del Sol - the spiritual birthplace of the Inca civislisation - while we were here, one because it sounded delightful ("encentado" in Spanish!), and two because we thought it would be a good practice ... [Continue reading this entry]

Copocabana Blessings

Wednesday, December 29th, 2004
Religion plays a very significant part in all South American countries, and each place has its own specific events. Bolivians consider the the statue of the Virgin in Copocabana's cathedral to be their highest icon of religious salvation - but here ... [Continue reading this entry]

La Paz – a city on the edge of space

Sunday, December 26th, 2004
I've never ever seen a city quite like La Paz. From the air it is astounding. From the ground it is awesome. And from the bit in the middle it's breath-taking. We've had two bites at the cherry ... [Continue reading this entry]