February 28 - Train to Lake Titicaca

Steven Dutch, Professor Emeritus, Natural and Applied Sciences, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay

Climbing From La Paz

On the Altiplano

Lake Titicaca

Lake Titicaca, a name that is a source of endless amusement to countless prepubescent boys, is a real place. 12,500 feet above sea level. To get from Guaqui on the Bolivian side to Puno in Peru requires an overnight boat ride. Great, I thought, I get to be seasick two and a half miles above sea level.
Two and a half miles above sea level. Clear and dry. No lights. The best part of the southern sky overhead. Absolutely overwhelming.

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