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Day 7 - - After our journey of 4hs and half in a bus from Arequipa, we finally arrived in Puno. It was about the 2PM. We found our guide that was on the bus station waiting for us, not before being harassed by many taxi drivers and supposed travel agents offering tours to the Titicaca Lake. According to Lonely Planet is better to avoid this 'agents' that have the reputation to take your money and don't show-up for the tours. We had a reservation at Eco Lodge, a comfortable hotel on the city suburbs with view to the lake ($70 dollar double room w breakfast). We were very tired, finally were we starting to feel the altitude sickness? I wasn't sure, but I had my stomach turning and a heavy head... We didn't feel like going to the city for dinner and stayed at the hotel were we had alpaca's beef. We them sat at our balcony and enjoyed the view to the lake. I was there when this couple passed probably going back home after a day of work. Here we can see the train track for the train Puno-Cusco and also the interesting Pueblo reproduction of our hotel were at night there are some vendors and on the high season (July-August) some dance and traditional game to entertain the guests. That night we had a spectacular full moon over the lake! Unfortunately I couldn’t get a decent photo without tripod and with the reflection of our glass windows. The workshop shows the lake view.

'Puno is a city in southeastern Peru, located at the edge of Lake Titicaca, the world's highest navigable lake, at 3,860 m (12,421 ft) above sea level. It is also the capital and largest city of the Puno Region and the Puno Province. Puno's importance to the vast Inca empire was reflected in a legendary connection. Inca tradition has it that Manco Capac, the first Inca, rose from the waters of Lake Titicaca, under the orders of the Sun God, to found the Inca Empire, which would be centered in the neighboring region and city of Cusco. In 1668, viceroy Conde de Lemos established San Juan Bautista de Puno as the capital of the province of Paucarcolla. Later, it was called San Carlos de Puno, in honor of the ruling king, Charles II of Spain. From that moment, the town began to change physically, as the Spanish priests, in their eagerness to evangelize the natives, built the churches which still stand today.(unfortunately not much of the colonial buildings had survived in the city)
This region of Peru is famous for its varied and colorful folk traditions (often said to be the folk capital of Peru), as it has some of the most dazzling and richest folklore ceremonies to be witnessed in this part of the continent (the two most important festivities are beginning of February and beginning of November, but there many other festivities in the region trough the year).Today, Puno is an important agricultural and livestock region; particularly of llamas and alpacas which graze on its immense plateaus and plains. Population: 100 168. The high altitude of 3860 m (12421 ft) explains the extreme weather changes. The nights are very cold, even more in winter (June-August) and despite the cold during the day the sun burns really bad.' (source wikipedia and Lonely Planet)

I finally found out the noise problem on most of my pictures. I had settled for ISO 400 to take some pictures inside the church in Arequipa and forgot to change it after. I used antinoise filter in Ps to overcome the problem. It may be part of the problem with focus on this picture... I'm still struggling with technical aspects... Sorry. Feel free just to drop your comments without points.

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