To be near you, to be free.
This Feb, I got a chance to Seattle on business trip. Most of my peers took this chance to travel in some other places,such as LA, San Francisco, Vegas or Canada. However, I have no idea how I came up with this idea. As long as I got the confirmation of Seattle trip from my boss, I made up my mind to PERU.
Well…why not. To be honest, I was kinda afraid and worried to travel alone there.For me, there were so many unknowns of this country. However, I am so glad Ive made the right decision and achieved this goal. 🙂
I am flying, passing high clouds,
To be with you, to be free.
I only had less than 2 weeks in Peru. It is so difficult to decide where to go and what to see in this limited time. After some research on internet , I chose the final destinations and decided the route -Lima, Cusco, Puno and Arequipa. Puno is a really small city close to Bolivia. The most famous spots here is Titicaca lake – my favourite.
How to go there?
After an amazing Inka time in Cusco and Machu Picchu, I took an 8-hour bus to Puno. There are plenty options for the traffic, depending on your budget and the quality. Some buses are really good, with wifi , charging place, coffee and big seat. Some tickets are really cheap but not even with a toilet on it.
The one I took in Cusco to Puno is good enough and costs 60 soles only. The one I had from Puno to Arequipa was lesser than 20 soles. However, it has brought me the darkest 7-8 hours I had in Peru-no toilet, small space and no one can speak English. Well.. it is indeed a special and unforgettable experience for me. LOL
What to see?
Lake Titicaca is the largest lake in South America. It is in the Andes and on the boarder of Peru and Bolivia. In addition, Lake Titicaca is with 3,812 m height, which is known for the highest navigable lake in the world. Due to the visa, I only visited the part in Peru -Island Uros and Island Taquile. But I am super regret that I didn’t make it to Bolivia these days, and it has became a reason for me to visit there again. I hope so!
Island Uros, which is also called floating Island is our first destination. Local residents use bundles of dried totora reeds to make their islands, house and boats. Totora is a special kind of plant only found in Lake Titicaca. Local residents showed us how they build the island and their boats. They said those islands have to rebuild and change with time, because islands will sink every ten years. “SINK…”. Can you imagine it happened to your house? Anyway, we took the boat made by totora reeds and toured around this area. The view was more than amazing. Water was so clear that you can see the reflection of blue sky , just like a huge mirror.The bundles of sky and the water..omg, I was enchanted by this pleasant and romantic view. In my company, we talked about cloud and Azure everyday, “how to take the customer to the cloud?”, “the cloud computing, cloud platform”…I am really into the cloud world there!! :)))
Island Taquile is a “real island” on lake Titicaca. There are around 2000 people here. Out guide told us their dresses are all different depend on single or married. Residents on this island are also known for their fine textiles and clothing. The host of a wooden house we went for lunch showed us how they knit and weaver. This island was with unparalleled scenery as well. The view was unbelievable… So tranquil and calm, it was so unreal.Every moment, I couldn’t help but stop my steps to feel and take tons of pictures. Walking in this Island was such a pleasure of mental relax…
What to eat?
We had our lunch in the Taquile Island, served by a local restaurant. Actually, it was in someone’s yard instead of a “restaurant”. Our menu that day was Chita Frita. This is one of the traditional dish in Peru, with this typical fish and served with rice, tomatoes, onion salad, batata or potato. The fried fish was really tasty. The way they cooked has kept the fresh of it.
Potatoes are really common in Peruvian dish, since it is the principle agricultural produce in this country. And what amazed me is that there are 4000 different kind of potatoes in Peru. During the trip, I saw many purple potato flowers everywhere swaying in the wind. Except potato, corn is another principle produce there. The size of corn in Peru is huge and the taste is also different from what I used to eat.
Another thing I had in Puno is a sweet cookie wit coconut flavor. The cookies was cover with syrup and coconut powder. Well.. it’s something you can imagine the flavor after these description, not that special. But I still like it. 🙂
My final note..
There was a big festival in Puno during that time. Children screamed , ran and sprayed shaving foam to each other. OMFG, I have no idea what’s going on at first. Since I only had one jacket with me, I was so afraid someone may “attack” me with their shaving foam.
On the way back to hostel, I saw some teenagers gathering in the park with paint buckets on their hands. (Holy shit…please don’t) What I worried really happened! When crossing the park, I heard footsteps coming toward me. As I turned around, a bucket of water on me.All those teenagers standing behind laughed like crazy, and said to me
“Hola, Welcome to Peru”.