Our only night in Puno was spent in Tierra Viva Puno Plaza, surprisingly the most comfortable accommodation on our trip. It is located very near the city centre and was clean, modern, and well-decorated.
In comparison, the accommodation on Khantati Island was rather primitive, though that was expected of a traditional homestay. The accommodation was not well-insulated but was nevertheless compensated for by a thoughtful hot water bottle placed under our covers. While not uncomfortable, we recommend taking part in a half-day trip of the Uros floating islands instead of staying overnight.
Food options in Copacabana and Puno are dominated by trucha (trout) fished from the lake, a welcome change to the meat-heavy diet since San Pedro de Atacama. On Khantati Island, the food provided was good if unspectacular, also consisting mainly of trucha.
With regard to restaurants, we can recommend La Table del’Inca as an inexpensive and casual fine-dining option in Puno, with its inventive combinations of different ingredients and culinary styles, as well as providing an interesting first taste of Peruvian cuisine.
- The border crossing from Bolivia to Peru is simple, but note that a passport photocopy is required on the Bolivian side of the border. This is also a good opportunity to exchange leftover Bolivianos for Peruvian Soles.
- If you were to plan a visit to the Uros floating islands, we would recommend directly contacting Cristina or equivalent hosts, rather than through a tour agency. Peruhop, BoliviaHop’s sister company, offers different travel passes, allowing you to travel to various parts of southern Peru following the itinerary in Lake Titicaca. Some highlights include Huacachina, a resort oasis where you can partake in sandboarding and dune buggy rides; Nazca, home to the famous desert line drawings which can be seen from the air; and Arequipa, the second largest city in Peru offering excellent access to the colourful Colca Canyon, the second deepest in Peru.