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Old 05-09-2013, 08:23 PM   #2251
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I must say Ive spent the better part of 4 work days reading your RR from start to finish (yeah I have a gravy job with lots of free time). Thanks for your time in sharing. The pics and reading are great. I really like the raw details that build the substance of the reading. It allows myself a view into the dynamics of what a trip of this magnitude entails. "Everything has a price" and so true as you pay it. You are the most alive when you have the most to lose, and all of what you own, owns you. Dont sweat the material things, you can always make that back. To put things in perspective youve been on the road for 11 months which equals 48 weeks. A person with two weeks vacation a year would have to work 24 years for that same amount of time off, and youve actually done something with it!

A couple questions for you.
1. What do you think it would take in money for two up of the same type trip?
2. How much trouble has it been to keep cash in terms of using an atm and such thru the different countries?

Keep living, keep writing, and safe travels to you Lalo.
Thanks for the kind words
The money question is a hard one
It really depends on you.
With my wine habit, my budget is higher than someone who doesn't know the pleasures of a fine wine.
And it depends of the country too.
But $100 a day would be a safe guess unless your Gf/wife is high maintenance.....then.....the sky is the limit.
And getting money in different countries is the least of your worries. Atm's and money exchange places are every where these days.
Worry about getting robbed at gun point if you want to worry about something
But if you are smart and minimize the risks, then you should have little to worry about
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Old 05-09-2013, 08:28 PM   #2252
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Catching up with the blog

This is my $10 a night hotel room in Puno Peru
It had hot water so it was not all that bad
Dinner was $2
It was noddles, beef, tomatoes and onions
Not all that bad
Plus a half bottle of Tacama wine

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Old 05-09-2013, 08:38 PM   #2253
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Lake Titicaca and the town of Puno

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Old 05-09-2013, 08:40 PM   #2254
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On the shores of lake Titicaca near the border of Bolivia



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Old 05-10-2013, 06:58 AM   #2255
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Bolivia

At the border crossing from Peru to Bolivia.
It cost $135 to buy a visa (that is the amount they charge people from the USA)
This was the start of my love-hate relationship with Bolivia

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Old 05-10-2013, 06:59 AM   #2256
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I loved this little dog from Bolivia

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Old 05-10-2013, 07:02 AM   #2257
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I stayed in this little hippy town near the border an on the shore of Lake Titicaca called Copacabana. It was a cool town and I wish I could have stayed there longer. This was the view from my hotel room. It was one of the nicest hotels in town and it was only $14 a night including breakfast.

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Old 05-10-2013, 07:04 AM   #2258
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Like every town in Latin America, there is always a cool church in the city square and Copacabana was no exception

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Old 05-10-2013, 07:12 AM   #2259
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Near Copacabana, there is a cool little hike up Cerro Calvario. It has a nice over-look of the town and lake Titicaca.
It has these crosses as you walk up the hill and lots more at the top.





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Old 05-10-2013, 07:17 AM   #2260
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Here's the view from the top.
The water was this incredible shade of blue.
For now on, when people ask me what my favorite color is.......I am going to tell them it's Lake Titicaca Blue





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Old 05-10-2013, 07:25 AM   #2261
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I could spend all day up there and enjoy this view and look at my new favorite color but I had places to go, things to see and of course people to meet (in La Paz)

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Old 05-10-2013, 07:28 AM   #2262
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Riding out of Copacabana, here is a view of town from the road

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Old 05-10-2013, 07:32 AM   #2263
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The road from Copacabana to la Paz crosses between the north and south sides of Lake Titicaca (I love saying that word).
There is a norrow strip of land connecting the towns with one of the best motorcycle roads in the world. Lots of curves and views of the lakes and the snow capped mountains.





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Old 05-10-2013, 07:41 AM   #2264
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The lake is actually one big lake and the north and south sides are connected. Which of course means the land is not connected. Which in most countries would mean a bridge. But since this is Bolivia, this means a ferry. And not an ordinary ferry. It was mearly some planks of wood lashed together (and not very well I might add) being pushed along by a little out-board motor. The whole boat would twist and turn with the waves. And on my boat was a huge truck which made the nose heavy. And unlike most ferries where you drive on one way and then straight off the other side, this one you hade to back off. And since the big truck was pushing down the nose, this meant having to back up my big GSA uphill. I needed some help which I gladly got because no one else could get off until I got out of there way
I could not get any other pictures as I was afraid to get off my bike in fear it would tip over. And I was thinking that the boat was going to sink and that would be the end of my trip. But I kept thinking that the boat was hundreds of years old and was tried and true

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Old 05-10-2013, 07:43 AM   #2265
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One more shot of the Lake, mountains and my beautiful bike

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