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Taquile vs Isla del Sol
Have only 2 nights for Lake Titicaca and unsure of best way to use them. Am leaving early am from LaPaz and want to visist Isla del Sol, Uros and Taquile. Which one is the best for overnight stay? Would like to do both but need to be in Puno early morning of third day for bus to Cusco.
Do I depart LaPaz, visit & overnoght Isla del sol,bus to Puno from Cococabana, visit uros & Taquile & overnight Puno, then bus early am to Cuzco
Do I depart LaPaz, visit Isla del sol & overnight Cococabana,bus to Puno uros & Taquile, overnight Taquile then bus early am to Cuzco
any comments would be welcome
RE: Taquile vs Isla del Sol
Isla del Sol. Easier to get to than Taquile and Uros are just a tourist trap. Don't try to cram in too much, just stay on Isla del Sol and do the stunningly beautiful walk from one end to the other and get a boat back to where you started and catch a boat back to Copacabana and go straight to Cusco. I wouldn't even bother with Puno. Either spend a night in Copacabana and visit the beautiful church, or get extra time in Cusco.
Travel Tips for Puno
During Candelaria Fiesta people from the town and all around the country and from neighbouring contries gather for 2 weeks in February to Puno. Altogether the fiesta may take for the participatants whole the year sewing their dresses, but acutally it takes one month main time from everybody. That is true because they have to travel far, to have messes when leaving their homes, and again when going back home. And taking apart to premiliary contestes, because it is not possible to only go there, but you have to show your skills and level for knowing all the dances and other necessities.
Though most tourists visit the Titicaca Lake with organised tours, you can also go to the harbour and ask there for boats going to the islands. There are often boats that take stuff there and take passengers at a very reduced price.
ISLA TAQUILE / ISLA AMANTANI
Isla Taquile is an island 45km from Puno located in Lago Titicaca. It is merely 1km wide and 6-7km long.
There are some pre-Inca and Inca ruins. You can also spot some Inca terracing. When you reach the island, you have to hike up stone-steps all the way to the top which has an arch. At this altitude, it is quite a task!!
The locals here spin yarns and do knitting and weaving. I noticed the women are the ones spinning yarns and the men are the ones knitting.
Bring your own food like bread, fruit, water, and candles and torch if you are staying over.
Isla Amantani is further away and is another option to stay over. There are some villages and ruins, temples on both of the island's peaks Pacha Tata and Pacha Mama. On or about 15 January and first Sunday in March, there are colourful celebrations here.
The locals make beautiful textiles, basketwork and stoneware.
Explore the real LIFE - overnight in Isla Taquile
When we organize the excursion to Isla Taquile, we never thought it was so beautifull...no one TOURIST on the way, just peruvian people doing their stuff...and nobody way taking care of us...so i checked out the possibility to sleep on this amazing island, but i should sort out this thing very quickly, as the ferry leave around 2pm and you do not have so much time...
Well, i had to speak with some people of the village (the village has somehting like 250 people or somehtign) andd they WROTE me a permits which allow me to sleep in Isla Taquile...
We went at home of this guy, and he showes us our "room"...
Well, forget the electricity, forget the bathroom and moreover forget a shower...but ...you live exactly in the middle,.
We spedn one day as a part of the family, eating with them, sleeping in the next door and doing the same things they were doing...
It has been one of the most impressive things I have done in Peru!
And moreover, just for 2 dolllars each!
For more info, visit my Isla Tauqile page
Condor Hill / Mirador de Kuntur Wasi
Besides the Inca monument at ‘Parque de Huajsapata’, there is another monument and viewpoint above the city of Puno. It is called ‘Condor Hill’ or ‘Mirador de Kuntur Wasi’ and is located at the top of a very steep staircase with more than 600 steps!
It was a very hard climb up the stairs, but the staircase has a few plateaus with benches on the way to the top. This was a good opportunity for a rest and to catch our breath before continuing the steep climb.
At the top, we were rewarded for the climb. 4017 meters above sea level, and the view of Puno and Lake Titicaca was amazing - much better than from the ‘Parque de Huajsapata’ viewpoint. You also have a good view of the large condor monument, which has a wingspan of 11 meters. There was a guard walking around at the monument and a small shop selling sodas, water, and chips. I’m glad I don’t have to bring supplies up the stairs…
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