I couldn’t believe we were in Puno already. We had been arranging our tour of Peru for almost a year, through Adios Adventure Travel. For the record, they have been amazing – creating a tailor made holiday for us that includes all the big sites, dates and locations that we requested, and lovely, knowledgeable guides. I can’t recommend them highly enough. And it’s only been 4 days so far! Our first stop was in Puno, approximately 4 hours from Copacabana in Bolivia. Here we got a quick tour of the city before a delicious dinner, and an early night to prepare us for the next day – a full day out on Lake Titicaca. In the morning we visited the reed islands of Uros, and were ‘welcomed aboard’ the floating home to 10 local families. The sun was warm but there was ice on the seats – I can only imagine how cold it must get out here during the night! By lunch, we were on Taquile, taking a short trek around the island before a delicious local lunch. It was a full, awesome day, and a great start to our time in Peru.
Unlike most tourists visiting Bolivia, we didn’t get a chance to see the Salt Flats, Death Road or the Witches Markets. On paper, that may seem like a bit of a fail. But time was short, and so was our breathing, so we stayed in for a few days to acclimatise and adjust to the altitude. First up was 3 nights in La Paz, which literally took my breath away as we came to the edge of the valley from the airport. It looked like a tiny town, spread out as far and wide as the mountains would allow, with snow capped peaks in the background. We then made our way to Copacabana on the edge of Lake Titicaca, for one night before starting our tour into Peru. Copacabana was small but colourful, with our first view of the world’s highest navigable lake. Now, rested and adjusted to being 4000m above sea level, we are almost ready to take on our 16 day tour of Peru.