6 Months of Travel Expenses in Peru & Bolivia

I thought it was time for an update on my travel expenses. At the time of writing this I am more than 7 months into this leg of my trip. As is customary for me, I am moving slow through the region and have had 2 “homes” during this time, Cusco, Peru and Sucre, Bolivia. I spent more than a month in each location and enjoyed establishing some semblance of a routine. Staying put in this way allows you to really get to know a location and save on travel expenses. There is no bus/airfare to spend on, you can negotiate better rates for longer stays, and you figure out which restaurants have the good breakfast, lunch, and dinner specials`. This post is skipping ahead of narratory posts. I have not yet shared all the experiences across the 3 months I spent in Bolivia. However, I want to make it…

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Puno to Copacabana via Yunguyo and Kasani

Getting from Puno to Copacabana via Yunguyo and Kasani I thought I would do a write up to help those doing a land crossing from Puno to Copacabana. On that journey one goes through the Yunguyo and Kasani migration controls.   Summary of the Route Puno  Yunguyo  Kasani  Copacabana Transportation Puno to Yunguyo I personally took a colectivo bus from Puno to Yunguyo. This does not leave out of the main Puno bus terminal that most of us arrive through. It leaves south of that Terminal at Terminal Zonal de Puno. It’s only a few blocks walk. Below is a map showing you where it is relative to the Terminal Terrestre de Puno.    This method is the cheapest way of getting from Puno to Copacabana. It was 8 soles to Yunguyo from Puno. Then a moto taxi for 3 soles to get to the actual border from the plaza that…

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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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