Puno / Lake Titicaca

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The day after the Inca Trail I was off to Puno on Lake Titicaca with Ryan and Liz. We were parting ways with Sam and Sandy as they went off to the Amazon jungle and Argentina before heading back to Australia. We had decided to take a bus to Puno that would also stop along the way at some interesting sights.

We got off to a bad start in the morning when our included lift from the hotel to the bus station was about 15 minutes late, so we left the hotel ourselves to get a taxi there. Just as we were walking down the street the guy picking us up turned up and we raced off to the bus station. It was a lot further away than we expected so we were pretty nervous that we would miss the bus. We finally got there and had to pull the car in front of the bus because it was just about to leave. The driver then had the nerve to ask us for a tip for the lift even though he was seconds from making us miss the bus he was paid to take us to.

The bus trip took us to some ruins that were interesting to see, but obviously would have been a bit more captivating if we had not just finished the Inca Trail the day before. In the afternoon we drove through some stunning country side with huge mountains around us, and big storm clouds in the distance that was producing a lot of lightning.

By late afternoon we were rolling into Puno. The city is a popular tourist destination for being located on Lake Titicaca, which is the highest navigable lake in the world at 3812 metres. After getting our hotel rooms we went to the Colors restaurant for dinner. The great food at this place makes it a real stand out in Puno.

The next day we went out to Lake Titicaca on a half-day boat tour to the reed islands near Puno. These islands are unique in the world - they are man-made entirely from the reeds that grow in the lake, and have been around for hundreds to thousands of years. We got a small boat out to a couple of the islands where locals who still live on them explained the history of them, their construction, and the way of life of their inhabitants. They are solid enough to walk on, but you do feel a fair squish under your feet with each step. It is a very different world to live in than us land-perched types.

We wandered around the main streets of Puno during the afternoon but there wasn't much to see so we hung around some cafes and then had dinner again at Colors.
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