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Peru: Puno
07 Feb 2014

We arrived in Puno early in the morning after an overnight bus ride from Cusco. We spent the rest of the morning sleeping after we arrived at our hostel and then went exploring.

Turned our the third largest festival in South America was underway!

From wikipedia:

The Fiesta de la Candelaria is a festival in honor of the Virgin of Candelaria, patron saint of the city of Puno in Peru, held in the first fortnight of February each year. It is one of the largest festivals of culture, music and dancing in Peru. In terms of the number of events related to the cultures of the Quechua and Aymara peoples and of the mestizos of the Altiplano, and also in terms of the number of people directly and indirectly involved in its realization, it stands with the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro and the Carnaval de Oruro in Bolivia as one of the three largest festivals in South America.

Arrival

Feb 07, 2014

from Cusco, Peru

Departure

Feb 09, 2014

to Isla Uros, Bolivia

Weather (Celcius)

Elevation (m)

Travel Planning: Puno, Peru

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 21:05

Do

  • Hike to one of Amantani Island’s two hilltop temples, Pachatata (Father Earth) or Pachamama (Mother Earth). It takes about two hours.
  • Climb the 600 stairs to Condor Hill lookout (Kuntur Wasi) for the most impressive view overlooking the city and the lake. There are benches to rest along the way, but it’s also accessible by car.
  • Ride in a traditional totora reed boat. You can arrange a short ride from the Floating Islands of Uros.
  • Visit the free Yaraví Ship Museum at Puno’s port. It’s housed in the world’s oldest single-propeller iron ship, which was carried on mule-back through the Andes in the 1800s.
  • Walk along the lakeside walkway, the Malecón Ecoturístico Bahía de los Incas, marked by stunning lake views and pre-Incan sukankas.
  • Don the traditional dress of Amantani Island and take part in a local dance while staying with a family for the night.
  • Tour the Sillustani Chullpas, pre-Incan burial towers 45 minutes outside of Puno, overlooking Lake Umayo.
  • Sample some traditional local meals. Aside from freshly caught trout from Lake Titicaca, there are a number of options to seek out, including a quinoa fish stew known as chupe de quinua, a pig’s head soup called huarjata, a humble tuber and meat soup called chairo, breaded and fried chicharron de alpaca.
  • See the mummies and gold of the Sillustani Burial Towers exhibit at the Carlos Dreyer Museum in the main square.
  • Stop at the café and bar at the 17th century Corregidor’s House in the mainsquare, a popular gathering place for local artists and expats.

Getting to La Paz

Catamaran Tour

  • website
  • “Not really worth it - skippable.”
  • Might be around $262/person
  • Sic Basis / Free sale / Daily
  • Catamaran Lake Crossing is from Copacabana to Chua (or vice versa)
  • Catamaran change at Sun Island.
  • Departure from Puno might be modified to 06:00 am (PT) due to expansion in our services at Sun Island.
  • PUNO DEPARTURE: 6:30 Peruvian Time
  • LA PAZ ARRIVAL: 19:30 Hrs.
DurationLocationTransport
3hrsPuno - CopacabanaBus
.5hrCopacabanaLand tour Visits: Cathedral, Main Square
1hrCopacabana - Sun IslandCatamaran Snack on board
1.5hrsSun Island (South Side)Land tour Visits: Inca Garden, Inca Stairs, Inca Water Spring, Sun Island Inti Wata Complex (Exclusive), Activities: Kallawaya Ancient Ceremony (Exclusive)
.5hrSun Island (South Side)RA Replica (Reed Vessel) Activities: Ancient sailing demonstration (Exclusive), Panoramic Visit: Pilkokaina Inca Palace
3hrsSun Island - ChuaCatamaran Buffet lunch on board
1.5hrsChua - La PazBus

Early land transfer to the Copacabana Sanctuary, to board the Catamaran Cruise Ship; snack on board while sailing to Sun Island, In this legendary island is visited the Garden, Stairs and Fountain of the Inca, then the itinerary includes a visit to the Inti Wata Cultural Complex, the largest private tourist attraction of Bolivia, including the underground museum of Ekako, the traditional medicine and the Titicaca Reed Shipbuilders display centers, the Pachamama agricultural Inca terraces, a handicraft center, the Intica’s lounge and at the Manco Kapac viewer of the largest Andean camelids. Also, the Inti Wata Complex of Sun Island includes a unique sailing experience aboard a huge Titicaca traditional vessel for a panoramic visit to the Pilkokaina Inca Palace.

Board again the Catamaran Cruise Ship to Chua harbor while enjoying a lunch buffet, land transfer to La Paz.

There is a two day (overnight) variant as well.

DAY 1: Early land transfer to Titicaca lake. Breakfast included. Board the Catamaran Cruise Ship to Sun Island, the legendary birthplace of the Inca Empire. Buffet Lunch on board. Visit Challapampa Village and enjoy of the participative tourism, visitors have the opportunity to interact with one of the most unspoiled indigenous Titicaca villages through an innovative program organized with the local community visiting their own museum, chapel, school, a typical house, sailing in their vessels to an Inca holy temple, andean ritual and walking through Inca trails.

Romantic candle light dinner and overnight on board the Catamaran in lake view cabins with private facilities.

DAY 2: Catamaran Cruise Ship sails across the lake enjoying breakfast and the overwhelming panorama visiting the Pilkokaina Inca Palace. Continue to the Inti Wata Cultural Complex including the Ekako Underground Museum, the traditional medicine and the Titikaka Reed Shipbuilders display centers, the Pachamama agricultural Inca terraces, a handicraft center, the Intica lounge and at the Manco Kapac look out the largest variety of Andean camelids.Snack in the Complex. Visit the Inca Garden, steps and the Inca fountain Also, the Inti Wata Complex at Sun Island includes a unique sailing experience aboard a huge Titikaka Traditional vessel.

Buffet lunch on board while sailing to Copacabana. Visit the Sanctuary and land transfer to Puno.

Sleep

Yavari Bed & Breakfast

Huchuy Wasi Hostal

Inka’s Rest

Quechuas Backpackers

Marlon’s House Puno

Bussing from Cusco to Puno

Thursday, February 06, 2014 21:48

Taking a Cruz del Sur overnight for 80 soles each.

TimeLocation
9:20PMIn a cab from Pariwana.
9:30PMArrived at the bus terminal.
9:52PMBoarding.
9:55PMBoarded.
10:02PMOn our way!
10:20PMWatching Mr. Popper’s Penguins.
11:50PMPopper’s Penguins is done.
5:14AMArrived in Puno.
5:36AMGot our bags.
5:57AMIn a cab.
6:13AMAt our hostel.
TotalsTotals
Total bus time7:12

Huchuy Wasi

Friday, February 07, 2014 15:07

Staying here for the night.

Friday, February 07, 2014 16:25

Friday, February 07, 2014 16:27

Typical Peruvian Shop

Friday, February 07, 2014 16:28

Ekoko's Pizza

Friday, February 07, 2014 16:40

Freak Hail Storm

Friday, February 07, 2014 17:56

Sunrise Pizzeria y Taqueria

Friday, February 07, 2014 22:14

Saturday, February 08, 2014 12:02

Saturday, February 08, 2014 15:11

Saturday, February 08, 2014 15:11

Saturday, February 08, 2014 15:11

Saturday, February 08, 2014 15:13

Saturday, February 08, 2014 15:14

Saturday, February 08, 2014 15:32

Saturday, February 08, 2014 15:45

Hostal Margarita

Saturday, February 08, 2014 18:34

Stayed here for one night.

La Hosteria

Saturday, February 08, 2014 18:39

Typical food plates at untypical food prices. Not the best.

Boat Tour to Uros

Sunday, February 09, 2014 09:32

30 soles for the tour.

  • Lake Titikaka. Titi in Aymara means puma. Kaka is Quechua means great color or a stone.
  • The lake looks like a puma catching a chinchilla.
  • Small lake is a chinchilla.
  • The reeds on the lake are edible and used to make the islands. The white part beneath the water is edible.
  • White part of reeds is the “fruit of the uros”, or “banana” because of how it’s peeled.
  • They cut blocks of earth from beneath the lake using a giant saw.
  • These blocks float and form the foundation.
  • They put 2-3 meter eucalyptus posts into the earth and then tie them together to create islands.
  • The materials for the islands have to be replaced about once a year.
  • The islands are anchored beneath the lake. Eight anchors on the one we’re on.
  • Every month they add a new layer of reeds.
  • Every eighteen to twenty years they make a new island.
  • They have solar-powered tvs and radioa.
TimeLocation
9:10AMIn our shuttle from Hostal Margarita.
9:34AMOn the boat!
9:40AMOn our way.
10:10AMAt the islands.
11:01AMOn a local boat getting rowed around the islands for 10 soles each.
11:39AMOn our way back.
12:08PMBack.

Sunday, February 09, 2014 12:31

Sunday, February 09, 2014 12:36

Sunday, February 09, 2014 12:28

Sunday, February 09, 2014 12:29

Sunday, February 09, 2014 12:31

Sunday, February 09, 2014 13:31

Sunday, February 09, 2014 12:34

Sunday, February 09, 2014 12:39

Sunday, February 09, 2014 12:40

Sunday, February 09, 2014 12:43

Sunday, February 09, 2014 12:46

Sunday, February 09, 2014 12:49

Sunday, February 09, 2014 12:50

Sunday, February 09, 2014 12:50

Sunday, February 09, 2014 12:55

Sunday, February 09, 2014 12:56

Sunday, February 09, 2014 12:58

Sunday, February 09, 2014 13:01

Sunday, February 09, 2014 13:01

Sunday, February 09, 2014 13:02

Sunday, February 09, 2014 13:02

Sunday, February 09, 2014 13:02

Sunday, February 09, 2014 13:31

Sunday, February 09, 2014 13:35

Bussing from Puno to Puno via the Bolivian Border

Sunday, February 09, 2014 13:44

20 soles on Titicaca.

TimeLocation
1:31PMIn a taxi from Hostal Margarita.
1:54PMAt the terminal.
2:21PMBags loaded, waiting for the bus to leave.
2:24PMBoarding.
2:27PMBoarded. Had to move to the front of the bus because my legs wouldn’t fit in the seat.
2:36PMOn our way.
4:50PMAt the border.
4:55PMForgot credit card in Puno.
4:57PMIn a cab to Yunguyo.
5:00PMIn Yunguyo.
5:10PMIn a collectivo.
5:11PMOn our way back to Puno.
7:16PMBack in Puno.
7:20PMIn a tuk tuk.
7:43PMAt Hostal Margarita. They have the card!
TotalsTotals
Total bus time4:19

Sunday, February 09, 2014 13:52

Sunday, February 09, 2014 13:57

Sunday, February 09, 2014 14:56

Sunday, February 09, 2014 14:56

Sunday, February 09, 2014 16:58

Sunday, February 09, 2014 17:09

Collectivo

Sunday, February 09, 2014 17:15

On our way back to Puno to fetch a lost credit card.

Los Piños

Sunday, February 09, 2014 21:09

Where we stayed for the night. 90 soles for a private double with bathroom.

Monday, February 10, 2014 10:01

Monday, February 10, 2014 10:02

Monday, February 10, 2014 10:03

Monday, February 10, 2014 10:03

Monday, February 10, 2014 10:05

Monday, February 10, 2014 10:05

Monday, February 10, 2014 10:06

Bussing from Puno, Peru to Copacabana, Bolivia

Monday, February 10, 2014 11:01
TimeLocation
11:01AMIn a cab.
11:14AMDropped off.
11:19AMIn a collectivo for 8 soles each.
11:20AMAnd we’re off.
1:28PMIn Yunguyo.
1:51PMIn a van to the border for 3 soles (normally one per person, paid an extra sole to leave right now).
1:55PMDropped off near the border.
2:07PMThrough the Peruvian border.
2:57PMAt Bolivian border.
3:02PMAnd through.
3:05PMIn a collectivo.
3:09PMAnd off to Copacabana!
3:23PMIn Copacabana.
5:16PMFound a hotel.
TotalsTotals
Total bus time2:42

Arrival

Feb 07, 2014

from Cusco, Peru

Departure

Feb 09, 2014

to Isla Uros, Bolivia