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Riding the train from Cusco to Puno

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A July 1999 trip to Puno by globe trotter

Quote: The long train journey from Cusco to Puno gets a bad press - but it's really quite an enjoyable & painless way to get to Lake Titicaca.

Riding the train from Cusco to Puno

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Overview

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Watching herds of llama & alpaca out of the train window. Day trip to Isla Taquile. Burial site of Silustani.

Quick Tips:

I would highly recommend taking the train - it does take 10 hours - but it really isn't that bad. The seats are comfortable & you are served a nice lunch & drinks. Being a foreigner you will automatically be put in first class with all the other gringos - so it's clean & safe - the toilets are also clean. After you arrive at the other end someone will be there to meet you (if you organise the trip through an agency in Cusco) which is the best thing.

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Train!

Auromar

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Hotel

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One of the worst places I've ever stayed in this price range! The manager was kind but I'm afraid his hotel was dreadful & ridiculously overpriced. I actually took photos of our view (Barbed wire fencing over a construction site) & bathroom (a shower rail held up with string & tepid water for half an hour a day)to send to the American agency who booked the hotel for us - it was so bad. The food in the hotel was typical & bland & the dining room was so sterile it was like eating in a hospital - the most annoying thing about the dining experience had to be the video on a constant reel about fish in Lake Titicaca in Spanish (once maybe - but 5 times no!) To top it all it was in the worst location - ...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on November 5, 2000

Auromar
Puno City
Puno, Peru

Parque Pino

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Restaurant

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There are a number of great little places to eat in downtown Puno - & this is an example of one of them. Usually full of backpackers telling tales & writing journals- making a coke last an afternoon - this is not a place to come if you're in a hurry. The food is typical back packer fare - cheap & good. There is also a cinema in the back room.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 5, 2000

Parque Pino
Downtown Puno
Puno, Peru

Sillustani

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Attraction | "Silustani"

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These ancient burial towers are often overlooked by tourists - who often go to Puno just to see Titicaca - but they are very impressive & worth a visit. We went en route to the airport as they are conveniently located to do this. We went early in the morning with a local guide & we were the only people there, the place was completely silent apart from the squeaking of wild guinea pigs- which made the experience very tranquil & spiritual. The stone towers stand imposingly on top of a mound - some alsost in tact & some crumbled. People were buried with their possessions at the bottom of them - there are small alcoves at the foot of the towers where relatives used to offer food to the dead person. A...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 5, 2000

Sillustani
Puno
Puno, Peru

Uros Floating Islands (Islas Flotantes)

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Attraction | "Floating Islands"

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I was really looking forward to visiting Uros but have to say I was disappointed. The people supposedly live on a floating island made of reeds - when a hole appears they just patch it up with more woven reeds, they also make all their furniture etc. from the same reeds - all this sounded fascinating & I really wanted to visit this island where the people lived without modern conveniences as they had for thousands of years. We arrived early in the morning - the first tourist boat of the day - imagine our surprise when we realised we'd arrived before many of the Uros 'residents' - they were following behind us in slower boats - not reed ones though - carrying a whole bunch of 'reed' souvenirs to sell...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 5, 2000

Uros Floating Islands (Islas Flotantes)
Lake Titicaca
Puno, Peru

Taquile Island

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Attraction

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This island is trully beatiful - it's like a little Tuscany in the middle of Lake Titicaca. The ride over there is lovely - but it takes a long time & you are pretty cold & weary by the time you reach Puno at the end of the day - you should consider staying at one of the villagers houses overnight if you have time - this can be arranged in Puno. From the boat landing you walk up a steepish path through farmland to the main town. We were lucky to be there over the festival of 'San Diego' - where all the villagers were dressed in brightly coloured costumes & dancing & playing music in the village square - it was a colourful & unique experience. There were also market stalls around the edge of the squ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 5, 2000

Taquile Island
Lake Tititcaca
Puno, Peru