The drive to Puno was much shorter than expected. Maybe only a few hours had passed before we were in Puno being pushed off the bus. And the smell of wee in the station was very unpleasant. euurgghhh it was yuck. (something i have not mentioned before - the men in Bolivia and Peru have no shame, they pee anywhere anytime, without a care in the world. on the way to Copacabana, Fiona even saw a guy having a dump on the street - so you can guess the air is not the most pleasant in some places.. oh well you live on.)
Anyways, we finally made it to our Hostel - Marlon's house - which is a bewildering place. purely because it is so dam nice. the lady at reception is a gem, so accomodating, everywhere feels like a nice hotel, yet we are only paying about 2 quid 50 night. and hot water, oh there is hot water. what joy. I will never moan about the shower at home after this trip, because throught Bolivia we had cold showers everyday!
Anyways..on to the Floating Islands. I want to write a little info here about the floating islands - but will have to out it in later, as i have left my book at the hostel. basically. these peopel live on these islands made of reeds from the river. they actually float. they made these islands to escape from the mainland which had been taken over.
The people on the Island were very gracious and we sat down and they demonstrated to us how they made the islands.
Then we were left to look around and take as many pics as we liked.
After a while we were able to ride on their handmade made boats. Apparently they have around 2000 coke bottled stuck in the bottome to keep the boats afloat. these boats last up to a year before the reed/straw is no good. very comfy ride to our next island stop.
On the way back Fi and I stoped at the bus station to get out 3.50 pound ticket to Cusco. 7 hours on a bus, but how can you complain with that amount. We strolled back to our hostel and took some pics of the tuk tuks. Sadly Puno is not the mst picturesque of places, so my pics are rather limited. Although, there is some of me drinking the infamous Inca Kola, which taste a little like Irn Bru but more limey. I'm very happy because i am having severe withdrawal symptons for Irn Bru. Oh how i miss you!!!!!