Lake Titicaca turned out to be one of the highlights of Amanda Lobell and Neil Roach’s trip to Peru. But they weren’t expecting it to be since when they arrived in Puno from Arequipa (where they had gone following Paracas and Nasca), they were greeted by pouring rain and informed that it was likely to continue for several days. They were disappointed but thankful they had chosen the lakeside Sonesta Posadas del Inca as it is one of the few in the area that offers heat.
When they woke up the next day, however, the weather was perfect so they got to tour Lake Titicaca with sunny blue skies. They went around the Uros Islands, which are small floating islands that the Uros people have crafted out of reeds. The houses, boats and just about everything you see are made from reeds, too.
The tour also took them to the much larger — and natural — Taquile Island, a two-and-half hour journey into the lake. “We had a short and somewhat breathless (as it’s at 14,000 feet) hike up the island, which provided amazing views,” Amanda says. “The island itself is beautiful and seemed almost Mediterranean.” Below are Amanda’s photos of their day on the lake.