Trip Start Oct 06, 2008
32Trip End Apr 03, 2009
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It looks like a sea too when you see it from Puno - itīs like it has got a coastline itīs so big. First part of the tour goes to the Reed Islands (Uros People) - called the Floating Islands. Strange place - the islands are just layer after layer of reeds built upon each other
Next up is Isla Amantani. Takes about 3 hours to get there from the Uros and have a great chat with an Australian who was born in Belfast. Tells me a horror story about a bus that he was on in Guatemala that was robbed at gunpoint - his son had a gun to his head for a about 30 mins or so. (Had been thinking that Central America would be the next logical trip travel destination but that story has me thinking twice). On Amantani we are all staying a night with an Indigineous family. I got paired up with a dude called Charlie - French guy who spoke no English and only a very little Spanish. Now thats a bad mixture as I canīt speak French worth a shite and my Spanish isnīt much better. Meant that other than the initial bits we both knew in Spanish, there wasnīt much chit chat. Quietest meals Iīve ever had. Staying with the family like that is a bit weird anyway to be honest - you kinda feel like you are always in the way.
Couple of highllights though - we all go to a religious site on the island that evening. On the way, this Dutch guy and I play a game of soccer against some locals. I should say try to because at 4k/4.5k metres above sea level, any decent sprint leaves you almost collapsing. Unbelieveably hard to run up here. We do win 2-1 - well we quit due to exhaustion after scoring the second goal and the lads were prob about 12 years old so I donīt think we will be boasting about it any time soon.
The second highlight is a night out at the local dance
The next morning we head to Isla Taquile which isnīt that noteworthy except for some spiffing good views of the lake. Then its back to Puno - end of the tour. Not the best tour to be honest so I was a little concerned about what the Bolivian side of the lake might offer. It didnīt disappoint though and if you are ever in this past of the world and Titicaca is a possibility, then make sure to check out the Bolivian side - it is much more visually attractive and has some great hiking.
To get to the Bolivian side, you have to take a bus from Puno to Copacabana which is just over the Bolivian border. From here you can take a boat over to the islands or you can do the much more interesting option of a 17km trek to Yampupata and cross there. The trek took me about 4hrs going at a pretty handy pace walking along the side of the lake mostly with the odd piece of inland trail
That evening I took the boat back to Copacabana (Bit too far to row all the way back there) and bused it onward to La Paz. So that was Lake Titicaca. Peruvian side is not that outstanding to be honest - the Uros are interesting in a weird, comical sort of way and the local dancing is defo fun if you let you hair down. But it is all about the Bolivian side - the views here are up with anything Iīve seen so far. Hopefully the rest of Bolivia can live up to this.
Hasta Luego, Amigos.