Well we headed back to Lima and after using our expert skills we have acquired in avoiding been taken for a fool we got a bus to Ica and headed over to Huacachina where we went sandboarding. We took the two hour tour where you go out in a sand buggy cruising over unbeleivable sand dunes and then had a lil play on the boards. The dunes were incredible, we were flyng up practically a vertical dune not knowing what was on the other side! Dani loved it, Sam was gripping onto her safety belt for dear life!!
After a few near death experineces partly because the guy was crazy, we pulled up and started on the boarding. Some of the dunes we went down were 100ft which was pretty scary and not suprisngly, Sam fell off the board on one of them and literally rolly pollied down the dune, which although looked funny was pretty painful =( Dani still thought it was very amusing though as she was covered from head to toe in sand! Back at the hostel we got a quick shower then headed off on a night bus to Arequipa where we stayed for less than an hour before jumping on the next to Puno.
As we entered Puno we got our first view of Lake Titicaca which was amazing! At 12,500ft above sea level it is South Americas largest lake and it was very impressive!! As for Puno itself, nothing amazing. We met some people and had a crazy night out that neither of us can remember, we both woke up and first looked for the camera and then realised that Dani was just in her underwear and Sam was fully clothed, all signs of a good night one would agree =)
After our one night in Puno we set off for the border crossing into Bolivia with two friends Sam and Ally. After a relatively simple crossing we stopped off in Copacabana for the night ready for our trip to Isla del Sol the following morning. This is where we realised how cheap Bolivia is, a four course meal for 24 bolivianos.. thats £2.40!!!
We got the boat to Isla del Sol and got off at the south end so that we could walk to the north and stay there the night. The island has no paved roads and no motor vehicles and despite being pretty small it holds over 800 families!! After the 3 hour walk we realised we probably should have stayed at the other end which has more options of hostels and eating and were contemplating getting the boat back until we bumped into some Americans who told us that there was going to be a festival that night which wouldnt be worth missing out on… so we stayed. Four bottles of rum later we were marching with the local village band (that were shockingly bad) and dancing in the square =)