DAY TEN & ELEVEN
We woke up early to take a boat to the famous Isla del Sol on Lake Titicaca. The boat ride took a while but it was worth it in the end. The sun island is truly a beautiful island.
The water surrounding the island is this clear dark blue and in some spots even turquoise. There are actual sand beaches and the immensity of the whole lake makes it feel more like an ocean. But in the distance you can see these beautiful snow covered mountain peaks, which remind you how high up you actually are.
We took the boat to the north end of the island and walked down to the south end. It was a beautiful hike with beautiful views. At first you walk on rocks and dust and you’re surrounded by rock. But the further you go the more plants evolve until you walk besides trees. The ground you walk on changes throughout your hike. Sometimes I was reminded of California by the ground, the trees and the smell. It was nice and familiar.
The next morning we had to leave our beloved Copacabana and took a bus to the peruvian side of Lake Titicaca: Puno. Puno is very ugly. I didn’t feel safe nor comfortable. But we had a whole afternoon until our bus to Cuzco left. We decided to spend the afternoon on the floating Uros islands. Those islands are made of reed so they just casually float on the lake. The ground is made of reed and all their houses and boats.
We took a boat to the Uros islands and were welcomed very cheerfully by Peruvian “habitants”. They told us how everything was built and worked and we went for a little boat ride. I did not like it in Puno nor on these islands. It all seemed super fake and built up for tourists. It seems like at the end of the day they take a boat back to land to their houses where they live. It was super touristic and nothing seemed original or authentic.
I absolutively loved the Bolivian part of Lake Titicaca but the Peruvian side was disappointing. Although I did think it was interesting how the Uros islands are built and how it all works it will never amaze me as much as the beauty of the sun island.
Now off to Cuzco!!