Tag: Peru hop

South America Trip Day 19: Green Lagoon Bolivia and Entering Chile, San Pedro de Atacama

Day 19: Green lagoon and entering Chile

6:30 am early breakfast to leave for a short morning program before we were getting dropped at the border with Chile to enter San Pedro de Atacama.

First stop at 8 AM, dale desert. Here there are fresh water lagoons in the mountains, with lot of minerals in the mountains. The volcanic rocks piled up looks like it is a few hundred meters away, but in reality it is over two kilometers.

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South America Trip Day 15: Puno, Lake Titikaka, Copacobana and La Paz

Around 5:00 AM we arrived in Puno, our last short stop in Peru before entering Bolivia with the Bolivia hop. Next country of our trip!

5:20 AM the lights of the bus went on to wake us up for a 9 soles breakfast with over salty scrambled eggs, some kind of juice and breads with jam playing hallelujah and titanic in pan flute on the background. Luckily Alfonso was also in the bus with his Slovenian friends to make it fun!

Right after breakfast we went for a two hour boat tour to Lake Titikaka. This lake is the highest navigated lake in the world, namely 3,806 meters high. Puno is the 8th city of the country, with 200,000 inhabitants. The lake has a lot of minerals and boarders between Peru and Bolivia, which causes some political friction between the two nations.

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South America Trip Day 10: Arequipa to Cuszo with Peru Hop

Another early day, getting picked up from our Hostel in Arequipa around 5:00 am. An hour later our doubledecker bus was ready for our trip to Cuszo, 18:00 pm approximately arrival, long trip.

We had a short stop to get some breakfast at some local shops. Thought we bought chicken empanadas, ended up being cheese. First time I ever saw someone heating up six empanadas in a plastic bag in a microwave.

We stopped after a few hours of driving at lake Comsur for a view. The lake is on 4,000 meters altitude, so you kinda feel that kicking in. Here we had a view over the lake, with mountains in the background. Was not the most amazing view, because afterwards we drove on we saw more impressive sights. We could also buy clothing made by locals. The route continued navigating us next to green hills filled with alpacas, mountains and lakes.

Around 14:20 pm, after more than 4 hours in the heat of the bus, we stopped for a buffet. It was 20 soles per person, did not taste at all. As in, one of the most horrible buffets we ever encountered. After that another 3 hours before we reached Cuszo.

When lunch was done we were suppose to drive three more hours and reach our hostel at 17:30 pm, that became 20:30 pm because of the worst traffic ever.

Got a quick pizza and an Inca Kola and then to bed. Tomorrow, Sacred Valley!

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