Walking lakeside looking for a place to watch the sun setting from the sky, we found a bench that overlooked the lake and made it our spot. The next thirty minutes all we did was talk and laugh while the sun disappeared before our eyes. I turned and saw the naked moon on the other side of the sky.
The pinkness of the sky quickly turned into black and we headed back to the center of the city. The streets were overcrowded with vendors that tried to sell us stuff. We found refuge in an art gallery filled with beautiful, psychedelic paintings but cringe-worthy photographs.
Back out in the crowdedness again, we met with our friends Kathi and Patrick and the German team (and one Mexican) was back together. We drank Pisco Sour (a must when you are in Peru) and said our goodbyes before we continued onto Arequipa.
How to do this trip?
Get to Puno
The Uros Islands float over the Peruvian side of Lake Titicaca. Before making your way into the lake, you must first arrive into the nearest town, Puno.
If you plan on getting there by plane, book your flight to Juliaca, a city located 50 kilometers away. Once at the airport, you can take a minibus to Puno.
If your first stop is Cuzco, you can head to Puno by train every other day of the week. This is not a cheap option, but if you have the time and money to spare, it is worth every cent due to the spectacular views it offers. This particular train ride is regarded as one of the most scenic in the world.
The last option is to take a bus. A myriad of lines offer services to and from Puno from different cities and the fares are quite affordable.
Boat to Uros
Once in Puno, you can book a guided tour (this will likely include a trip to Isla Taquile as well). Finding tours is not complicated – you can find a myriad of agencies in the center or at guesthouses and hotels.
Do it yourself: It is also possible to visit the islands independently. Simply walk to the harbour of the lake and you can buy a ferry ticket for 10 soles (true price as of September 2016). You must also pay a 5 soles entry fee to the islands.
Puno isn’t short of hotels, guesthouses, and hostels from all price ranges. A personal recommendation is Pirwa Hostels, which offers dorms as well as privates for a reasonable price and is very well-located.
Since a few years ago, it became possible to overnight in the islands. Many families have set up homestays – this is a great way to get immersed into the culture for 15 – 30 soles for a private room (or reed hut, rather).