Puno Journals

Peru's Traditional Islands

A September 2000 trip to Puno by Anne Silver

Quote: Wandering in the footsteps of indigenous people who have refused to change their way of life or traditional costumes.

Peru's Traditional Islands

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Overview

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When compared to Cusco or Arequipa, Puno has very few redeeming values. It is not a pretty city or one that has many wonderful museums. It does, however, sit on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable body of water in the world. It was considered sacred by the Incas and today is home to several groups of indigenous people who have kept their traditional ways and customs. These people live on several islands. The Uros ‘floating islands’ are made of piles of reeds. They do not have any land under them. The local boats are also constructed of reeds. Taquile Island is also fascinating to visit. Every man, woman, and child on this island is wearing traditional clothes con...Read More

Los Uros

Hotel

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Much less than $50 per night. More like $9. For this we got picked up at the bus station and wisked off to the hotel. It was clean had plenty of blankets, but no sign of heat. We didn't really expect that. After nearly 6 weeks in Peru we hadn't seen heat yet. It did have hot water in the evenings and the mornings. A breakfast buffet was available for less than $1. When we went to visit the Islands they stored our luggage. The management was friendly. We highly recommend this hotel.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 16, 2000

Los Uros
Teodoro Valcarcel
Puno, Peru
352141

Don Piero

Restaurant

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My traveling companion is picky to say the least about food. I have a tendency to eat anything and everything I find. He thought the restaurant was clean. Food was adequate, but he did eat it which means something. I would have preferred some of the great foods I saw being cooked on the streets.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 16, 2000

Don Piero
Lima 360
Puno, Peru

Taquile Island

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Story/Tip

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Taquile Island After four hours by boat we came to Taquile Island. The island juts starkly out of the Incas sacred Lake Titicaca. We had elected to spend the night here. As we stood on the highest point and watched the tour boats one by one pull away leaving a handful of other gringos and us on the island I wondered, 'What if these people decide they are sick of tourists?' Taquile is a special place. The inhabitants still wear their traditional dress and refuse to allow any hotels or dogs on their island. If you want to stay the night you must first register with the indigenous people and then are shown to a family. The house we stayed in had several adobe rooms, a kitchen ...Read More