After leaving Colca Canyon we took a long bus ride over mountains, a desert, volcanoes and high plateaus in search of the famous Lake Titicaca, our first destination was the town of Puno. Puno itself was a complete dump and probably the worst place we have visited so far, the traffic was terrible, the buildings were depressing and there was not a single sight worthy of a photo. Luckily we came for the lake not the towns.

Lake Titicaca is considered the highest navigable lake in the world as well as the largest lake in South America, when on the shore line its hard to believe its a lake as there is nothing but water and we had to keep reminding ourselves we were 4km above sea level. We went out on the lake to visit the Uros Islands which are habitable islands made of reeds which float on the lake. Whilst it was very touristy it was interesting to see how they live and we got to play dress up…

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The evening before we were due to leave Puno our hotel informed us there would be a protest on the main road to our next destination and no buses would be able to get through, our only options were to walk 2 hours through the protests or start at 4am. The early start it was….we highjacked a minivan full of Chinese. Unfortunately the protest started early so the bus couldn’t get through, so the driver took us through the back roads, well dirt tracks. Numerous occasions we were nearly stuck, once we were ordered off the bus as the road had collapsed so the driver tried to make a new road with some stones, we just watched on hoping the bus didn’t fall off the edge of the road!!

Eventually we made it to the Bolivian side of the lake and to a town called Copacabana, whilst prettier than Puno it seemed like a backpackers town with little charm. The weather was not great, cold and raining which meant we couldn’t go to another island which was supposed to be nice…..however we did manage to walk up a big hill overlooking the town and the lake and got to enjoy the view. Due to the altitude the climb nearly killed us but the view was worth it.

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Interesting food items found at local market…..

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Next up La Paz…

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