Puno is only really on the backpacker trail as a stopover for visiting the lake, so we wasted no time in organising our boat trip out onto the water. We opted to take the advice of our hostel, run by a nice Uruguayan gentleman, and go on a tour, minus the provided lunch; a little cost saving for us budget travellers, cucumber sandwiches are becoming a regular feature on our lunch menu. The tour was a full day, visiting Isla Flotantes de Uros (The Uros Floating Islands) and Isla Taquile (Taquile Island), not to be confused with Taquila as our guide kept reminding us.
Immediately upon arrival in Copacabana we headed down to the pier to organise a ferry ticket out to Isla de Sol (Island of the Sun). We were in luck; the next and last ferry of the day was at 1:30pm, so we had 2 hours to find a hostel, to store our backpacks and get some Lunch, easy. We arrived at the ferry terminal after our first delicious local meal of soup followed by Trout and rice, we had 15 minutes to spare, or so we thought. The change in time zone had completely slipped our minds, it turned out we were actually an hour late, embarrassed and frustrated with ourselves the helpful man who sold us the tickets changed the date to the following morning and we retreated back to the hostel for a siesta.
Feeling fit and well rested we sped off towards the Inca ruins of ‘Mesa Ritual’ at the far north of the island. Upon reaching the Inca ruins we consumed the contents of our food supplies that consisted of only a small packet of crackers and a single chocolate bar. Prior to our experience in the Colca Canyon you would have thought we would have learnt our lesson. Hiking is hard at 4000m, and with a heavy day pack and no food in the stomach it certainly adds to that difficulty. Oops, we did it again
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Next stop the Bolivian capital, La Paz…