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!
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.
|3hrs||Puno - Copacabana||Bus|
|.5hr||Copacabana||Land tour Visits: Cathedral, Main Square|
|1hr||Copacabana - Sun Island||Catamaran Snack on board|
|1.5hrs||Sun Island (South Side)||Land tour Visits: Inca Garden, Inca Stairs, Inca Water Spring, Sun Island Inti Wata Complex (Exclusive), Activities: Kallawaya Ancient Ceremony (Exclusive)|
|.5hr||Sun Island (South Side)||RA Replica (Reed Vessel) Activities: Ancient sailing demonstration (Exclusive), Panoramic Visit: Pilkokaina Inca Palace|
|3hrs||Sun Island - Chua||Catamaran Buffet lunch on board|
|1.5hrs||Chua - La Paz||Bus|
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.
Taking a Cruz del Sur overnight for 80 soles each.
|9:20PM||In a cab from Pariwana.|
|9:30PM||Arrived at the bus terminal.|
|10:02PM||On our way!|
|10:20PM||Watching Mr. Popper’s Penguins.|
|11:50PM||Popper’s Penguins is done.|
|5:14AM||Arrived in Puno.|
|5:36AM||Got our bags.|
|5:57AM||In a cab.|
|6:13AM||At our hostel.|
|Total bus time||7:12|
Staying here for the night.
Stayed here for one night.
Typical food plates at untypical food prices. Not the best.
30 soles for the tour.
|9:10AM||In our shuttle from Hostal Margarita.|
|9:34AM||On the boat!|
|9:40AM||On our way.|
|10:10AM||At the islands.|
|11:01AM||On a local boat getting rowed around the islands for 10 soles each.|
|11:39AM||On our way back.|
20 soles on Titicaca.
|1:31PM||In a taxi from Hostal Margarita.|
|1:54PM||At the terminal.|
|2:21PM||Bags loaded, waiting for the bus to leave.|
|2:27PM||Boarded. Had to move to the front of the bus because my legs wouldn’t fit in the seat.|
|2:36PM||On our way.|
|4:50PM||At the border.|
|4:55PM||Forgot credit card in Puno.|
|4:57PM||In a cab to Yunguyo.|
|5:10PM||In a collectivo.|
|5:11PM||On our way back to Puno.|
|7:16PM||Back in Puno.|
|7:20PM||In a tuk tuk.|
|7:43PM||At Hostal Margarita. They have the card!|
|Total bus time||4:19|
On our way back to Puno to fetch a lost credit card.
Where we stayed for the night. 90 soles for a private double with bathroom.
|11:01AM||In a cab.|
|11:19AM||In a collectivo for 8 soles each.|
|11:20AM||And we’re off.|
|1:51PM||In a van to the border for 3 soles (normally one per person, paid an extra sole to leave right now).|
|1:55PM||Dropped off near the border.|
|2:07PM||Through the Peruvian border.|
|2:57PM||At Bolivian border.|
|3:05PM||In a collectivo.|
|3:09PM||And off to Copacabana!|
|5:16PM||Found a hotel.|
|Total bus time||2:42|