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Leaving Cusco meant organising our own transport for the first time. Peru Hop had been the easy way out in that respect. Fortunately, Cusco is a pretty easy place to organise a bus from. There are many different companies that offer bus rides from Cusco to Puno. Even with our poor Spanish we managed to make ourselves understood.
Puno isn’t really somewhere you stay for a few days. There’s just not much there and so it’s a jumping off point for tours to Uros and Lake Titicaca. Our plan was to leave it the same day as we arrived.
Lake Titicaca is huge. It crosses over from Peru to Bolivia and is also 3800m above sea level. It has a few islands on it but only the Uros islands are named floating islands, due to the fact they are made out reeds.
Uros is extremely touristy and at times it’s a bit uncomfortable. Once you’re shown how the islands are made you’re then herded into one of the villager’s houses. Here we were shown items they’d made in the hope that we’d buy them. Whilst I’d normally have no issue with this, it did feel a bit like you’d be sat in their house until someone caved and bought something.
That aside, the islands are beautiful and unique and shouldn’t be missed.
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