Uros Islands (Islas de Uros)

Floating Island of Uros

I was highly conflicted on visiting the Uros Islands. I had read reviews that indicated it was a tourist trap. That the selling practices were strong, and many people were unhappy with their experience. Still there were many extremely positive reviews as well. I weighed my conflicting thoughts on what constitutes ethical tourism and finally concluded that I would experience it for myself.  The trip to the Uros Islands The islands are located in lake titicaca about 30 minutes from the port of Puno where you can catch a boat. The ride was on a slightly rickety boat but it did it’s job. One could sit at the upper level of the boat and enjoy the views along the way. That was something I did part of the way as I was trying to avoid the scorching sun.  I was taken back by the sheer number of island communities that…

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Nature in Puno Peru

In my last post on Puno I intentionally omitted the imagery that showed the natural side of Puno. In this post we explore the beautiful lands surrounding Lake Titicaca as well as Estoves Island (Isla Estoves).  As it turns out the majority of all these pictures were all captured in one day. Specifically the day I decided to take a walk to the Hotel I have been seeing in the distance on Estoves Island. My reason for going there was to secure a kayak so that I could kayak over to the Uros Islands on my own. I had inquired around but people were trying to charge an unreasonable amount for this service. Since I knew that kayaks left from Estoves Island, I figured I might be able to find an outfitter there without having to go through 6 different middlemen. Views along Lake Titicaca Isla Estoves (Isla Estoves) When crossing…

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Puno Peru

Puno is a city in Peru that borders the lake of titicaca. Its elevation is 12,500 feet (3,810m). It’s a sleepy city that is a little run down and is not a place many people stay more than a few days. It’s main attraction is the Uros floating reed islands which is accessible by boat from the pier. I stayed in Puno over a week in part because I found a very affordable room, and also because I was yet again recovering from some stomach problems. The good news was that I found an amazing vegan restaurant that helped nurse me back to health 🙂 Just to plug this amazing place it was called Loving Hut. The food was fresh, tasty, and varied. They have an international footprint and I will certainly try to go other branches as I travel.  City Views Around Puno When I was feeling well, I…

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Colca Canyon

Paula and I booked a tour to Colca Canyon while in Arequipa. Colca Canyon is one of the deepest canyon’s in the world but it is NOT the deepest despite what tour agencies, and locals think. However, it is impressively deep and beautiful. It’s twice the depth of the grand canyon according to this wikipedia article. It is not my style to book a tour but since Paula was on limited vacation time and the logistics around transportation seemed daunting, it was a good fit for us. It also meant that I didn’t have to hike with a bunch of weight since food, and beds would be provided. All I took was a day pack. We were picked up early in the morning (before sunrise) and were shuttled to a place where we had breakfast. Then it was back on the bus to our next stop. Mirador del Condor One…

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Arequipa’s Religious Side

Peru is undoubtedly a very Catholic Country. The city of Arequipa is not excluded in this aspect. Admittedly, I am tired of going into churches. After several months of travel you simply get tired of them. I’ve seen a ton in Spain and it seems every city I visit, has a bunch of churches to visit. Still, I don’t regret any of the religious places I visited in Arequipa. I was also with Paula which is religious so it was interesting to see things through her lens.  First I’ll show you a religious ceremony/reenactment we came upon in the plaza. Then some of the churches of Arequipa. Followed by the Cathedral of Arequipa and then the Monastery of Santa Catalina.  Religious Ceremonies We arrived to Arequipa around the Easter Holiday. That meant there were many different religious ceremonies including this one that we stumbled upon in la Plaza de Armas.…

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