Hotel Jose Antonio
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The alarm goes off at 5:30am. We have yummy breakfast buffet in the restaurant (too much as usual) of cereals, yogurts, fruit, tea, bread, pikelets, fried bread with treacle, sausages, eggs, fried potato etc.
Bladey picks us up at 6:40am! We drive past the Ayllu Hotel and I drop off a Peru book that I borrowed hoping Dragoman get it OK. We …
... like that for over 500 years and it is thought that they originally left Puno to escape hostile tribes - including the Incas). The islands are normally anchored using rocks to prevent them floating away, but can be moved, and in fact have been recently as during the Shining Path era in Peru, the inhabitants thought they would be safer closer to the mainland. After exploring the one island, we hopped on a reed boat (the island bus) that had two reed ...
On our last day in Bolivia we met a guy with a sad story. Shoeshine guy is from Nazca, Peru and his friends told him the place to make money was Copacabana, Bolivia because it was full of tourists. He had been there 3 months and spent the last 5 days sleeping rough. Why? Because all the tourists wear jandals, sandals and hiking boots. Not a shinable shoe amongst them. He wanted to go home to Nazca where he could lead a more sustainable life with his family but was 180 bolivianos ...
... for the families.
This whole process takes one year, and has to be repeated about every 25 years.
About 100m away was another, much bigger island, and this is where the primary school is. If the residents want to go to secondary school, they have to travel to Puno.
After the presentation, we had time to look around the houses, see the traditional goods made on the island, and climb up to the lookout tower for beautiful views of the lake and ...
... that are added to every month to sustain the islands. The people who live there are incestual but friendly and took us on a reed boat where Inca Man and his red cape came alive again. I loved being in the girls company they were always positive and smiling. After the Uros Islands we visited Amanti where an annual celebration is held with all 20000 of the different islands occupants on the 21/6 due to Inti Raymi. We ...
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- Wheelchair accessibility
The hotel was luxurious and very warm. Our room was comfortable with beautiful views over the lake and Puno. The highlight was dinner at the restaurant where the service was perfect (and I am trained in silver service hospitality). The food, wine and cocktails were all so tasty and the atmosphere was wonderful with beautiful view, log fire, polite and friendly staff and pleasant music. It was a wonderful evening, thank you so much!
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