Isla del Sol

Today I took the boat from Copacabana to Isla del Sol. I am not an early riser so I took the 1pm boat (the last one). The ride itself was enjoyable despite being a little crammed in. It felt like there were about 80 people aboard. Once at the dock, you get slightly bombarded by people trying to steer you to accommodations. I had been told by the owners of El Condor and Eagle Cafe to stay at a particular place on the top of the island that had great panoramic views. It was not long before I realized why I was advised to lodge up top. The views were ridiculous! I was also warned it was a strenuous hike up and that was accurate. It was a steep gradient. I stopped several times to catch my breath as I made my way there. It didn’t hurt to have views like…

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Copacabana

I thought I would hang in Copacabana today and check it out during the day. I went to El Condor & Eagle Cafe, a coffee shop that was decent. Not amazing but it hit the spot. The owners were great conversationalists, warm, and quick to help you figure things out by sharing their local knowledge. It is run by an Irish man and his Bolivian wife. A place I would visit daily if I were staying longer. I highly recommend giving it a try if you are in town.  I went into Basilica de nuestra senora where one is not allowed to take pictures. All I can provide is a few from the outside. I remember finding the ceilings particularly beautiful. The base of the ceiling was skyblue. Its structural arches were painted a dark red and it had mustard yellow highlights. I’m probably doing a piss poor job at…

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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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