A June 2005 trip
to Puno by akakd
Quote: Planning to see Lake Titicaca from the Bolivian side, we were caught by surprise when The State Department issued a travel warning against travel to Bolivia. We substituted Puno to be able to see Lake Titicaca from the Peruvian side. We're glad we did.
Attraction | "Puno on Lake Titicaca, An Unplanned Adventure"
Hotel | "Libertador"
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 13, 2005
Libertador Hotel Puno
Isla Esteves S N
Attraction | "Uros Floating Islands"
Though not on our original itinerary, I'm glad we experienced this way of life, however briefly, and only wish we could have spent more time there.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 13, 2005
Uros Floating Islands (Islas Flotantes)
Since we substituted this boat trip for one in Bolivia, we didn't know what we were getting into. Little did we know that we would be hiking Taquille up one side and down the other. The first part was 45 minutes uphill. It doesn't sound too terribly hard until you add in the altitude factor. It's all worth it to meet the people and see the stunning views. It eventually levels off when you come to the main square where the Weaving Cooperative is located.
We did some quick shopping, then another 20-minute hike to where we had lunch. (There is no running water for toilets. Just dip from the bucket outside to flush.) Lunch was fresh fish or an undercooked omelet. I had the latter and did end up getting sick that night from either the omelet or altitude or both. I'm not sure.
Following lunch, we hiked down the other side of the island down rocky switchbacks, trying to avoid islanders going up with their heavy loads. All in all, it was a good day, but rather long, with a lot of time spent on the boat getting there and back. It is always an adventure to see how other people live.
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 13, 2005
Arizona, United States