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"Poor old put-down Puno "

A March 2002 trip to Puno by Kez

Hostal Margarita Photo, Puno, Peru More Photos
Quote: Puno, on the edge of vast Lake Titicaca certainly receives more negative comments than most places and although it's certainly not the most attractive spot in the world it's not really that bad! It is a convenient starting point to the various islands on the lake or to continue on to Bolivia, Cusco or Arequipa. Use it as a rest stop!

"Poor old put-down Puno "

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Overview

Puno Photo, Puno, Peru
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The regulatory trip is to take a day tour out on Lake Titicaca or if you really want to soak up the local atmosphere you can stay overnight on Taquile. If you choose to do this you are billeted with a local family on the island. Whether it is for a day trip or longer all the islanders benefit as all of the islands are run as co-operatives so therefore share all income. In Puno itself we found the people here were very friendly and helpful. Also, comfortable accommodation and cosy restaurants are quite reasonable. Quick Tips: Most people use the train to come or go to Cusco, we found the bus was not only much cheaper it was also much quicker and followed a very similar route. ...Read More

Hostal Margarita

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Hotel

Hostal Margarita Photo, Puno, Peru
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Well located just one block up from Parque Pino and near Jr Lima, the main mall that contains most of the restaurants and tour agencies. The rooms were quite good. The bed was comfortable and had lots of nice warm blankets to ward off that night time chill. The bathroom was new and nicely tiled but best of all with nice hot(non electric) showers with 24 hour hot water. Their normal advertised price was US$45 however we were only charged 45 soles ($12). The family that owned and ran it was friendly and welcoming. Breakfast was available early in the morning if prearranged for about $1.50. About the only drawback was a little lack of attention to the cleaning & maintenance in the rooms but in ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 27, 2002

Hostal Margarita
Jr. Trapaca 130
Puno, Peru
054) 352-820

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This was virtually next door to where we stayed so we thought we may move if it was much better. However, although the family operating it was just as friendly as Hostal Margarita next door we found that the rooms were smaller and worse still had electric showers. Also no television, even though I realise unless you understand the majority of Spanish it's not much good anyway as there is no cable.

It was no by no means unacceptable and at 40 soles for the night still very reasonable.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 27, 2002

Hotel Los Ninos
Jr Tarapaca
Puno, Peru

Hosteria Pizza

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Restaurant | "La Hosteria Pizza"

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We found this restaurant not the cheapest in town but really cosy and with good food and unusually good service.

Most of the other diners were Peruvian/local which is always a good sign plus they were busy whilst many other restaurants were not so. Always a good sign. We had the pizza which was exceptional, lots of toppings and a really light nice base.

We followed this with a fantastic apple pie and really good coffee. The following day we were lucky enough to stumble on the bakery that the restaurant obviously bought them from so had to have another one to try! Pizza, dessert, wine and coffee was about $10 all up for both.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 27, 2002

Hosteria Pizza
In the Main Mall Jr Lima on the Side
Puno, Peru

Pastelleria UNA

Restaurant

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This is not a restaurant but a bakery that serves fantastic pastries and is as cheap as chips.

We went here on numerous ocassions for a quick, filling snack for lunch and also to stock up on a snack pack for the bus trips. Not that we were adverse to the locals selling their llama etc. on the buses, we just preferred to stick to something that we recognised.

The cheese pastries similar to empanadas were good as were the sublime varieties of cakes including their sensational apple pies.

A goodie bag of about 5 pastries was only about 7.5 soles. The only drawback was you had to arrive here early as by mid afternoon everything was sold out!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 27, 2002

Pastelleria UNA
Jiron Lima (the mall)
Puno, Peru

Uros Floating Islands (Islas Flotantes)

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Attraction | "Uros Islands on Lake Titicaca"

Uros Floating Islands (Islas Flotantes) Photo, Puno, Peru
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This is one of those trips I feel sure that everyone does when they come here. Firstly you cruise through the pollution out from Puno to arrive at the Uros or floating Islands. The islands are made of layers and layers of tortura reeds that have been replaced as they rot over the years. These islands can actually float around the lake. They are very small and the sensation of stepping on the reeds is really squishy in places. I would imagione that they would feel quite damp to live on. Other than the locals trying to sell their wares and a very substandard "museum", a hut actually with a few stuffed animals there is not much here. I kept thinking that not much had changed since Inca times in that...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 27, 2002

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

Taquile Island

Attraction | "Taquile Island on Lake Titicaca"

Taquile Island Photo, Puno, Peru
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This was much more interesting than the previous Uros Islands. The inhabitants here were not only self sufficient but also had their own way of governing and actually worked as a co-operative, all working together. They had their own decision making council, this changed on a rotating basis and was made up of married men. If you never married, sorry, no position and women's rights, unheard of. But it seemed to work. As per tradition, the men sit around all day knitting, yes that's right, they have the best job, the poor old woman work, cook, clean and the men knit woolly caps and swap their cocoa leaves. Great life for some! The lunch that we were served in a local restaurant (extra charge onl...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 27, 2002

Taquile Island
Lake Tititcaca
Puno, Peru