South American catch-up: Part 2

Welcome to the second ‘I haven’t posted in a while and have a lot to catch up with’ post. Let’s cross the border from Bolivia into Peru and see some stunning cultural artefacts.

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Copacabana! Not the sandy, scary, tourist beach in Brazil, but the stunning little Titicaca village which has steadily been invaded by tourists and contains the most magnificent basilica!

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What a lovely little town. It is also the home of some very cheap food, some VERY slow ferries to Isla del Sol and of some terrific viewpoints from the mountains above.

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Ancient Inca ruins are complemented by a way of life which has continued on the island for literally a couple of thousand years. We thought it was the high point of our Bolivia trip, and not to labour the pun, but it literally was too at around 4,000m. Breathtaking.

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Terrace farms cover the landscape, with every possible inch of the island given over to agriculture. The Inca also had a hell of an eye for placing villages in the most visually stunning places I have ever seen. This settlement includes a ceremonial table, still used to shamans to extract money from tourists.

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An Inca trail snakes over the hills of the island, offering a good challenge thanks to the lack of air. The views around Titicaca are stunning. I’d advise that you take a ferry to the Northern Port, before walking down the length of the island to catch another from the south.

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Then we crossed a border, and BAM! We were in Peru. More on how to cross the border shortly.

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Ancient Inca and Aymara tower tombs dot the hills around Sillustani. The sun set across the lake as we stood next to these long abandoned tombs. If you are small enough, you can be your own Indiana Jones and crawl into one. Very atmospheric.

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The Uros floating islands. It’s not often in your life that you feel good about taking a tour to somewhere, but this place made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Without tourists, the floating island way of life is dying, as the children leave the floating villages to move to the city of Puno nearby. Go see them while they still exist.

That’s us up to date! I’ll have info coming about easy ways to cross the borders between Chile, Bolivia and Peru shortly. See you out there!

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