A very grouchy and tired Ben and Sarah arrived in Puno at 5am after a very windy night bus. We took a 'tuk tuk' from the bus station to our hostel- it was an experience to say the least. Luckily we checked into our room and slept for a few hours before exploring the town. However if our first impressions were anything to go by then then there wouldn't be much to see.
Our first impressions were correct- Puno is a smoggy port town with very little to do (apart from eat delicious chicken). We had an early night to prepare for our overnight tour to the islands of Lake Titicaca.
The next day we were picked up from our hostel and transferred to the port, where we boarded our boat. First stop were the Uros floating reed islands. About 4km from Puno there are 40 small islands made from reeds- people actually live there! They were made when the Spanish came to Puno and the Uros people began living on the lake in boats. The islands are very small- only about 15 people live on each island. We met the mamas of the islands- who were huge! We think it's because there's not much else to do but sit.
After a talk from our guide, we set sail again to where we would be staying overnight- the Amantani island. It took 3 hours and the lake was really wavy- one French girl vommed!
When we got to the island we met our new family who we would be staying overnight with, we had lunch and then met up with our tournto climb a small mountain called pacha tata (earth father) me and Sarah and another Spanish couple were the only ones to climb all the way to the top everyone else chickened out.
When we got back to the house we had dinner with the family and we were so tired that we went to bed we had to get up at sunrise the next day to get on the boat to go to taquille island.
We treked about an hour to get to the centre of the island where we explored and then had lunch with an amazing view. The local people showed us the plant they use to create a natural shampoo which they say is the reason why no local elderly people are bald or have grey hair.
After we got on the boat for the 3 hour trip back to Puno.
Thus ending the Peru adventure.