Day 8: Taquile island

August 21, 2013

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In Amantani we stayed with a local family. You can arrange that + the boat from Puno, to Amantani, then night there, then boat to Taquile and back to Puno for around 100 nuevos soles. After that night in the bus to Cusco, where we would take the “colectivo” to Ollantaytambo

Balcones de Puno
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At 6am Rosa, who barely spoke Spanish, woke us up. We had breakfast and descended to the boat.
We headed to the more turistic island Taquile. There again we climbed and made a trekking around the island.
We had lunch on a lovely place. I ordered fish and the local beer and it was delicious. This island was more advanced than Amantani… more focused towards tourism.

After lunch we descended to the other side of the island where the boat was waiting for us to return to Puno.

We met very nice people in these couple of days. Basque, Valencian and Catalan couples.

In Puno we went to the information office and booked and paid for the Machu Pichu, that you had to go with the reservation ticket to the National Banc and queue to pay… wow. Then we went to the Peru Rail station and bought the train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes.

The alternative was to do a huge tour with “colectivos” combined with a 3 hours trekking… but we decided against in order to optimise our time. The train is very expensive, at around 60 usd per way.

After that we went to collect our bag from the hotel where we left it when we arrived from Arequipa and out for dinner to a Balcones de Puno with live music and good food.

After dinner to the bus station. At 9:30pm our night bus from Puno to Cuzco was leaving, and then from there with the colectivo to Ollantaytambo. A long night ahead.

Again the night on the bus…. and no electricity, now for what, 4 days?



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