Sonesta Posadas del Inca Lake Titicaca Puno
Travel Blogs from Puno
We woke up today again at 6:30 to see what this private tour held for us. We walked to breakfast and indulged in a hot breakfast!! What a luxury! W then checked out of our amazing hotel to meet our tour guide. He walked us to the pier outside of our hotel and we walked onto his large boat. We didn't really know what to expect of lake Titicaca as …
Up early again after a fitful night's sleep. The lack of oxygen at this altitude means that your heart rate increases to compensate, even when you're asleep. It's an odd feeling to wake in the night after a strange dream (these too are caused by the altitude) with a pounding pulse and a parched, dry mouth.
I wasn't overly …
... close proximity to Bolivia and Columbia, the drug trade flourishes in this region, particularly since Peru is now the worlds #1 producer of cocaine. Did we mention this is the heart of a thriving smuggling business as well? Authorities estimate 60% of the residents are involved in trafficking goods, the economy obviously benefitting from illicit trade.
Maybe we'll just say Juliaca ...
... The floating Islands aren’t that far out from Puno, and
they originally settled there when the Spanish invaded in 1532 and set them all
to working in the mines. Some of them decided, understandably, that it wasn’t
for them, and sailed out on to the lake and built communities there. I have no
idea how the first settlers worked it out, but they basically use the blocks of
roots from the reeds in the lake to build the base, tying them all together
We stayed and watched for at least two hours. Every now and then I would notice those across the street – huddled under umbrellas from the sun. One interesting fact is that of all the beer consumed in Peru, thirty percent comes from this area. Everyone walks around with a case of beer to drink.