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Full Circle

Day 183: Copacabana to Puno

Lake Titicaca, Bolivia 
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On the bridge of the Yavari with Meriel Larken and Carlos the captain.
Michael Palin - Full CircleThere is no one else here so we are kept waiting for some time. Then, once our papers have been laboriously and leisurely checked, a border guard unhooks a chain slung between two dry-stone walls and lets us out of Bolivia. We climb over a rise, through an arch, off Bolivian cobbles and onto Peruvian tarmac. Outside the Peruvian Migraciones, bowler-hatted ladies home slowly in on us, holding out every kind of alpaca accessory - gloves, sweaters, bags, ponchos, pullovers, socks and knitted hats with ear flaps. Inside, the large-spectacled Japanese features of Alberto Fujimori 'Presidente de la Republica del Peru' gaze down from a frame on the wall. He looks keen, healthy and ready for business, as though he might be a model for the glasses he's wearing.

Run along by the pale-crown totora-fringed shores of Lake Titicaca, two-thirds of which extends into Peru, until we reach the town of Puno, lively with St Anthony's Day crowds and street music.
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PALIN'S GUIDES

  • Series: Full Circle
  • Day: 183
  • Country/sea: Bolivia
  • Place: Kasani
  • Book page no: 247

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