Llamas, sheep and alpacas roam the plains of Puno, a port city in southeastern Peru. Their fleeces are used to make the area’s signature textiles, which make excellent souvenirs. You’ll do a lot of walking here, as many of the streets are too steep for cars. But the climbs are worth it for the excellent views of Lake Titicaca. Take a boat to the Floating Islands or get up close and personal with the four-legged locals at a llama farm.
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This is the world's largest navigable lake to large vessels, which lies more than 12,500 feet above sea level and covers 3,200 square miles in the Andes Mountains between the border of Peru to the west and Bolivia to the east.
We were on a guided tour and these boat rides were included so I’m not sure of the cost. There are the floating Islands there that are amazing!
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These fascinating ruins consist of huge, cylinder-shaped towers in which pre-Inca tribes buried the elite members of their community.
The stroll to the park entrance is newly paved, with benches, vendors, and restaurants along the way. Sillustani offers one of the best examples of chullpas, above ground tower tombs built by the Qulla/ Aymara people. As explained by the signage, these large tombs were the resting place for extended families, with corpses mummified by the dry climate of the altiplano. The tombs had only one opening to the east where the sun was reborn by pachamama every day.
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Located approximately 25 kilometers from the shore of Lake Titicaca, this scenic island is known for its friendly inhabitants, clear blue lake waters and distant snow-capped Mountains.
Taquile Island is beautiful, and the views from the hilly land are pretty stunning as well. I visited the island as part of a day tour from Puno, which also included two stops at floating reed Islands. I didn't like how contrived and exploitative certain aspects of the tour were, but I was glad to walk around Taquile and see how pretty it was. I suppose I could've avoided the tour by hiring a private guide...
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If you are interested in places of high energy, definitely sit at the portal for awhile. All 5 of us had very interesting experiences. On the other side of the hill of this portal, the rock formations are very interesting and beautiful, as well.
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Beautiful place. Amazing patio in the center of this historical house The food is fine and good, but nothing super special They do offer some gluten free options
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Our tour guide arranged for us to visit the floating island. We had a local guide to interpret the tribal language. There are more than one hundred floating Islands with several families living in reef adobes with children. It felt like walking on an air bed. The president of the island with four families we visited, gave us a presentation. After that, they had hand made touristy items for sale.
The houses were damp, crumpled, but they had two transistors for tv. It smelled of mold. But, they knew we were coming, so may be all was a show. There was also an island for a kindergarten, another one for coffee
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We were suffering with the altitude here so went everywhere slowly but the island visit to Sillustani is a must. All the men knit to make a living and its very much subsistnace farming. We had the most delicious lunch and the poeple were winderfully friendly. Look out for something unusual about the sheep!
You need a whole day as its a good 2 hours to get there from Puno
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Unlike most cathedrals, the interior of this one does not have the baroque style you would expect. It is simple and pleasant to view. The outside is simple too in its construction.
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I visited Chucuito on a Monday. At the fertility temple my only company was two grazing alpacas and the phallic-like rocks protruding from the earth. My guide walked around with me in the small space. Not very exciting. I DID enjoy the scenic overlook near the center of town (la mirada Chucuito) where a loudly braying donkey joined me while I took photos. My tour guide suggested the poor beastie might not have been fed, so I gave him the fruit in my purse and the water from my canteen and he grunted in satisfaction the rest of my (short) stay. There are a few very basic shops in the main square and outdoor food vendors for those who are adventurous enough to eat street food. If you are in Puno for an extended period of time and are looking for a nice half day outing (in dry weather), by all means stop by. In my view -- considering all the other options of things to do in Puno -- Chucuito otherwise would not merit mention.
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The mirador is signposted from Plaza de Armas, but then becomes a bit harder to find (I just asked people where it was and they told me). It involves quite a bit of uphill walking, culminating in 559 steps (yes, I counted them). Don't attempt this until you have acclimatised to the altitude!
I had read that some tourists had been robbed here, so I was slightly apprehensive, especially being a woman travelling alone. I took my small camera and had just a small amount of cash on me. However, I saw very few people on the stairs up to the mirador or at the mirador itself, and those I did see were friendly.
The condor is worth seeing, as are the views. And, of course, you'll have beautifully-toned thighs and calves the next day after all those steps!
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