Cuzco – Puno – Lake Titicaca – Puno. Departing Cuzco we head to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca. On the way we’ll pass hot mineral pools, snow capped mountains and traditional Native Indian villages where locals sell their wares. In Puno we will learn about the way of life and culture of the Uros people with a boat visit to the floating reed islands.
We continue by boat to the island of Amantaní where we’ll enjoy the hospitality of native Aymara/Quechua families and stay in their homes. If you get the chance, make sure to get involved with the high altitude football games with the men of the village. The next morning we visit Taquile Island where you can buy unique handicrafts at the local cooperative shops. Back in Puno you can practice your bartering skills at the colourful market, arguably the best place to pick up an alpaca sweater.
Heading to Bolivia’s capital, La Paz we travel around Lake Titicaca and across the scenic Altiplano (high plateau), experiencing breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains along the way.
La Paz, the highest city in the world, is built in the basin of a canyon with the snow-capped Mount Illimani in the background. With a whole day free to explore you could wander through the vibrant Indian street markets or the fascinating Witches’ Market where you can find dead cats and llama foetuses to ward off evil spirits. Or why not set your sights further afield and visit the strange rock formations of Moon Valley or the incredible views from Mount Chacaltaya at the world’s highest ski resort. Spend the day in the emerald green region Coroico, the gateway to the Bolivian jungle.
Overnight: Puno (1), Lake Titicaca (1), Puno (1), La Paz (1) | Breakfast x 1, Lunch x 1, Dinner x 1