Lake Titicaca, Peru
Day….sometime in February/March 2017 (Read from the start of the trip)
How we arrived:
We took another bus with Cruz del Sur in the morning and arrived that afternoon. The bus took a total of 6 hours to get there and the scenery is cool.
We only stayed one night in Puno. The town is not much to look at. It’s not unsafe but fairly rough looking and not a place you would need to stay for more than one night. It’s a good spot to stay if you want to see Lake Titicaca from the Peruvian side and visit the floating islands on the lake called – Las Islas Uros. We booked a tour through our hostel to visit the islands early the next day for a half day (which is more than enough).
The islands are incredibly made out of the grass reeds that grow in the lake, which actually means the islands are really floating!! The indigenous people who inhabit the islands are called Uros and live in houses made out of the reeds as well. The men on the island remake the bed of each of their own islands every 6 months when the reeds begin to rot.
Its a must see and something you won’t quite believe. The families are very traditional in the sense that the men work and hunt while the women cook the food and knit touristy trinkets to sell. Although slightly contrived to make money from tourists they seem to have maintained very traditional lifestyles. Although I noted the kids were all wearing normal clothing and were eating sweets and chocolate ha!
After the half day tour we organised a bus to head across the border that afternoon to the Bolivian side of Lake Titicaca.
We stayed in a basic hostel called Kantaya Hostel. It was cheap enough for a private en suite and I think its as good as it gets in Puno.
We keep bumping into the same English bloke everywhere we go at the moment. Typical gringo tourist who I’ve decided to hate haha! Whenever I think I really wanna punch that guy, he shows up.
The day trip to Las Islas Uros was really different. The man-made islands are incredible and the family we visited were friendly. I thought it was funny that all of the women are heavy set considering they live in the middle of nowhere and work so hard to survive. Our tour guide ensured us (with a giggle) that they are well fed and then later on I saw a lad in a boat who sold chocolate bars and crisps to the locals! Who would’ve thought!