Lake Titicaca (yes it’s the real name and yes I like to say it) is the largest lake in South America and the highest (altitude) navigable lake in the world. It sits on the boarder of Peru and Bolivia. We had to hop a flight from Cusco to Puno for this adventure. Puno is the largest town on the Peruvian side of Lake Titicaca. It reminded me of a smaller Cusco, a bit more authentic and less touristy. Not a whole lot to do in the town itself – jumping on a boat tour to the various islands (some of which are floating islands) is the thing to do.
After a restful nights sleep, we got picked up early for our day trip to the islands. The weather was chilly (50s – degrees F) but the sun was bright. The water was a beautiful blue with a contrasting arid tan rocky shore. It felt Mediterranean, not that Iv been to the Mediterranean but I’m a lot more familiar to it than southern Peru. Originally we were going to do an overnight homestay island tour, but we changed our minds. Given my bratty behavior on the 3-hour van ride into Cusco, I’m glad we did. No running water and living with a family and not knowing what there was to eat and possibly doing chores may have sent me over the edge. Yes, I know I’m a typical spoiled American. At least I’m honest.
Next stop…Uros floating islands….