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!)
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
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
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
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!
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
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?
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!
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!
- 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!