Taquile Island is located nearly 35 kilometre or 3 hours sailing from Puno, and is 1 kilometre wide and 6-7 kilometre long. It is inhabited by around 350 families consisting of 3,000 people, and the small community is following some old traditions. The three main rules are: Don’t steal, don’t lie, and don’t be lazy! And it seems to work, there are...more
This is a small hotel (35 rooms). We loved our stay here and booked our the rest of tour in Peru...more
The Uro people have been living on floating islands for centuries, and there are still around 40-50 islands located in Lake Titicaca. The main sources of income for the Uros have always been fishing and hunting, but now it seems that tourism has taken over... and a visit to one of the islands is quite touristy, but still very interesting... We were...more
When you stay with a family on Amantani they will cook you up some typical peruvian cuisine for dinner to keep you nourished. It consists mostly of soup, potatos, tea, bread and staple peruvian type foods. It is quite tasty though, and you really appreciate how hard it is for the locals to come by the foods that they bring to you. It is recommended...more
Celebrate the stunning vistas of sunset in a place that is built to worship Mother Earth. In Inca mythology, Mama Pacha or Pachamama is a fertility goddess who presides over planting and harvesting. The locals still perform rituals at this site which have been done for thousands of years. The point marks one separation point of festivities during...more
Though you are next to guaranteed to loose the game, as the locals are equipped with dealing with running around like maniacs at altitude, there is an opportunity to organise a "friendly" game of soccor on the islands cement football pitch. Test your foot skills and lung strength in the most unusual place to play soccer in the world. Afterwards you...more
Perched near an alley which weaves off from the main square this little local restaurant serves simple cuisine. Choices are few with either vegetarian option of omelette or Fish caught straight from the waters of Titicaca. You will also receive some peruvian bread and local style soup. More than enough to keep you going until you get back to the...more
Take a lovely walk around the island to get a true feel for it.We first went to the ruins on the big hill, then just wandered around. We were amazed to see almost nobody on what was a really enjoyable walk among Inca terrasses with great views of the island and the Bolivian mountains on the other side of the lake.more
through the juli's famous colonial churches,the oldest one.(end 16th cent.).
now a museum,mainly open in the morning.
juli was choosed by jesuits,as training centre for missionaries to paraguay and bolivia through 17th and 18th centuries.
Tinajani is a canyon and a petrified forest about nine miles from Ayaviri. Some of the rocks which have been eroded into fantastical shapes are over 160 feet high! One can see different shapes such as human figures and animals. There you can get an unique experience!!more
Doña Julia is known by the preparation of the best kankacho in the city of Ayaviri. Kankacho is the typical plate of Ayaviri. It is ovine meat roasted in a mud furnace accompanied by cooked andean potatoes. Doña Julia is one of the pioneers in commercializing this food. She begun selling her delicious Kankacho at the bus station of the city of...more
You cannot avoid to see the church. It has been build on old Inca sanctified place, as all the other colonial time churches. But basis is from gray, strong stones, good example of Inca architecture, with catacombs and many tunnels. The church has also the holy Virgin which goes up and down on the altar.more
An Inca fertility temple (Inca Uyo) is across the street from The Taypikala Hotel. The walled site is filled with stone phalluses—originally about 60 of them. One is much larger than the others and has a notch at the top that is aligned with the sun’s rays on New Years (June 21.) Women wanting children would bring offerings, and then climb up and...more
The Plaza de Armas (main square) is very attractive, with nice landscaping and inlaid designs made from pebbles in the pavement. A colonial church, Nuestra Señora de la Ausunción, is by the square. The side yard of the church has an inquisition cross—two headless figures stand at the base of the large cross. The message is “convert or else!”The...more
Plaza Bolognesi could be any square in Peru (or the world for that matter). It has all the usual, statue in the middle, benches, pigeons, etc. On one side of the square is the train station and on the other is a church. There are a few cafes and restaurants around the square also.more
This may sound like an odd "tip", but if you are going into the Amazon area of Peru (for example Tambopata), be aware that giant sized insects are anticipating your arrival! Be careful about placing open luggage on the floor, unless you know for sure that the piece is closed. Actually, this holds true even for your hotel in Lima. Cockroaches don't...more
The government of Peru requires that visitors provide proof of certain vaccinations, such as Yellow Fever, Typhoid, and one of the Hepatitus groups. Check online or with your local consulate to determine what the latest health requirements are. Do NOT make the mistake of assuming that some other vaccines you received on a past trip, will suffice...more
If you're on a Rainforest mission and an Amazon eco-tourism type is on your agenda, then you'll most likely get there by canoe. The canoes depart from Puerto Maldonado and depending on where it is that you're going, the ride down the Tambopata River (tributary of the Amazon River) usually takes about 3 hours, and this is considering that the canoes...more