Taypikala Hotel Lago
Travel Blogs from Puno
We arrived from our night bus early in Puno, and we followed our prebooked hostel's instructions to where they were located supposedly 400m away. After walking for 30 minutes, we decided that this was ridiculous and took a taxi the remaining distance - around a km uphill. The hostel appeared quite nice however more of a family home than a hostel, which we were fine with. We enjoy the best free breakfast we have had in a long time, and when another guest checks out we ...
... mountain ranges – the type of scenery that 'out of this world' movies are made of. Random herds of llamas and vicunas dotted the grassed plains, with lone women just sitting
and tending these herds. Every few miles, a dog would be laying by the side of the road – no one around, just the dog. I decided that they were there to also guard the herds from wandering onto the ...
... and the women of the island put on a few songs for us. We felt obliged to buy one of the trinkets that was for sale as the once-a-month tourist trips are clearly so vital to their livelihoods, but generally found the whole experience fairly forced and awkward.
A longer boat ride, then on to the much larger, and much more grounded Taquile island, which had an unusual history. The men all wear the same outfit: baggy white shirt and black trousers, ...
... in bed and waste our holidays. :-(
Once I heard the bus drive off I slowly got out of bed, and got washed and dressed. Then I drank some more water, read a bit of my Kindle and did some of this blog. I decided that the Migraleve might be stronger than paracetamol so I took one of them; it was true, I felt much better.
At 12.40pm I heard the bus coming back, and sure enough when I looked out of the window here was everyone on their way ...
... over the root base in a criss cross manner about 2 meters deep. The bottom reed layers eventually rot, only lasting a few weeks. This requires new layers of reeds to be place on top regularly. New islands are needed to be built before the root system completely disintegrates, about every 25-30 years.
On the days the Uros people are not hosting tours, their lives are very similar to what it's been for centuries. They cook fish ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet