Hola, we are still in Peru..just, we head for Bolivia tomorrow. Well, what have we been doing? We left Cusco after our Salkantay trek and went South to Arequipa..really lovely colonial style city, surrounded by mountains. Our first mission, apart from surviving our near diesel fume overdose on the 14 hour bus ride, was to get some washing done!! So we find a laundry and what do you know...they are a travel agency too!! We wanted to visit the Colca Canyon (second deepest in the world) and see the condors. Basically we were given two options .. a day tour on a bus with a bunch of tourists (no we're not tourists..we're 'travellers'!!!) or a 3 day trek into the canyon!! Yep we're suckers for punishment...3 days of either trekking straight down or straight up...my knees were loving me let me tell you!!! Was completely worth it though..was great walking through the little self sufficent communities with no roads, electricity, lights etc...however, each family does seem to own a little transitor radio..in order to listen to the football!!! Our trek ended at the top of the canyon with a bit of condor spotting!! Those birds are amazing..3metre wing span!!
We left Arequipa and headed to Puno, which is the gateway to Lake Titikaka..highest lake in the world! Have just come back from a two day tour around the islands on the lake..stayed with a local family in their little mud hut..was wicked!! In the evening they dressed us up in their traditional clothes and took us dancing...what a laugh!!
Tomorrow we leave Peru and cross over into Bolivia. We'll spend a few days in Copacabana which is still part of Lake Titikaka, just the Bolivian side. Then onto the capital ..La Paz..will let you know what we're doing from there when we know...just winging it at them moment..is great to have no plans or deadlines!!
Thanks for the messages, great to hear from you, feel free to pass on this address..probably didn't send it to everyone?? Having a few Ãssues'with uploading photos...due to our high camera resolution and these really slow computers...it takes about 45mins to upload one photo!! Will keep working on it!!
Maria and Kotuku...jsut the l