Day 32 – Puno, Peru – Sillustani Funeral Towers

Day 32 – Puno, Peru – Sillustani Funeral Towers

I love all things ruins. Everything. If it is old, crumbling, and fantastic; I normally have to make a trip to see it. Thus – I spent an afternoon wandering around the Sillustani Funeral towers in Puno, Peru. I felt they deserved their own day. And they did. Not only for the ruins, but for the surrounding scenery which is breathtaking. Even more so with a storm rollling in. (Storms are great from a far – as long as no rain touches me!)

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Day 30 & 31 – Puno, Peru – Uros Flotantes, Amantani & Taquile Island

Day 30 & 31 – Puno, Peru – Uros Flotantes, Amantani & Taquile Island

While crossing the border from Bolivia into Peru, a man on the bus told me about a hostel I could stay at in Puno, with hot water, breakfast, tv, and discounts on my tours – I said sure.

small dolls and reed houses/boats to describe life of Uros Flotantes, Peru

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Day 28 & 29 – Isla del Sol, Bolivia

Day 28 & 29 – Isla del Sol, Bolivia

2 days on Isla del Sol – what to do? what to see? Why Ruins of Course!

Chincana Ruins in the North of Isla Sol, Bolivia

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Day 27 – Isla del Sol, Bolivia – Happy New Years 2012

Day 27 – Isla del Sol, Bolivia – Happy New Years 2012

Sun Island eh? Due to rainy season, this name is only true from 11:00 -19:00. That is ok. I still managed to walk the entire Island in this short time frame, AND visit a few ruins.

View in the North of Isla del Sol

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Day 26 – Copacabana, Bolivia

Day 26 – Copacabana, Bolivia

*Her name was Lola, she was a showgirl*     wait….wrong Copacobana…

Church in Copacabana

I am Not in the famous Copacabana sung about by Barry Manilow…I am still in Bolivia – but I think this Copacabana could have a song too!

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Day 23, 24, 25 – La Paz, Bolivia

Day 23, 24, 25 – La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz is built in the walls of a canyon. All the buildings are perched precariously and you really hope an earth quake never hits the city because I feel it would completely crumble. As you drive through the city you feel like you are on a giant roller coaster without the safe guards of a seat belt or extremely breaks. Riding in a bumping bus through the EXTREMELY steep and windy streets, it definitely puts your stomach in your throat. So be warned!

Ladies on the strees in La Paz, Bolivia

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Day 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 – Sucre, Bolivia – Christmas 2011

Day 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 – Sucre, Bolivia – Christmas 2011

Merry Christmas to Everybody far and wide!

I was in luck, friends of my friend live in Sucre Bolivia and decided they would adopt me for the few days I was in town so I was not left alone over Christmas (Although I was barely alone in a hostel full of foreigners). But it was EXTREMELY exciting to celebrate Christmas in a different country with locals and experience it through others eyes.

Biggestest difference from Canadian Christmas?

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Day 16 & 17 – Potosi, Bolivia

Day 16 & 17 – Potosi, Bolivia

When people think of Potosi Bolivia, there are normally three things that people know about the city: Mines, Highest City in the World, and Silver!

Other than being the highest city in the World (4067 masl), I did not partake it the cities famous mine tours or purchase any silver. BUT – I did thoroughly enjoy this small cities vibe and flow during the days leading up to Christmas

Central Plaza in Potosi, Bolivia - Ready for Christmas!

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Day 11,12,13,14,15 – Bolivia – Salar de Uyuni

Day 11,12,13,14,15 – Bolivia – Salar de Uyuni

So, after making my way from Tilcara to the Border town of La Quieca spending 1 hour crossing the border into Bolivia, and immediately catching a 25B ($4 CAD) taxi ride with the German couple I met on the bus. I was happy in Tupiza. I booked into the Valle Hermano Hostel and was convinced by an 11 year old boy who spoke like an adult to take the 4 day Salar de Uyuni Tour. It would leave on Sunday, 18th December 2011.

I LOVE GIANT LOLLYPOPS!

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Day 9&10 – Tilcara and Humahuaca, Argentina

Pucara, Tilcara, Argentina

Day 9&10 – Tilcara and Humahuaca, Argentina

I left Salta in the early afternoon to come to Tilcara. It is a tiny village 4 hours north of Salta. I arrived and upon exiting the bus, a man approach me, his name is Martin, and asked me if I had a place to stay. I had nothing in mind so I followed him to his hostel. At 25 ARG Pesos ($6.25 CAN) per night including breakfast – thats a pretty good deal!