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Best way to experience Lake Titicaca?

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Best way to experience Lake Titicaca?

Will be traveling to Peru in 6 months and plan to spend 3 days in the Lake Titicaca area. Wondering if there are options to stay on the lake outside of Puno and still experience the magic of the place without taking a tour to the islands? Not sure if we want to take a tour or not?? Would like to find a place to hang out by the lake and get a sense of the local feel. Anyone have suggestions?

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1. Re: Best way to experience Lake Titicaca?

Would recommend taking a tour to the Island Uros and Taquile, it would really help you to grab the feeling of the Lake Titicaca.

Puno is not one of the nicest cities I have ever been, sorry to say that....

You can look into the Yavari Bed and Breakfast a different way of staying in Puno: www.yavari.org

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2. Re: Best way to experience Lake Titicaca?

There's a hotel about 20 minutes outside of the town called Taypikala that is pretty nice and located directly on the lake shore in a more remote setting. It's a very beautiful property and there are activities you can do on the lake from the hotel directly (such as kayaking).

You can see a link for it here: www.taypikala.com/spanish/el_hotel.php…

They also have a Shaman that works with the guests at the hotel which can be arranged upon request in advance to perform various ceremonies..

I stayed there about a year ago and thought it was a nice "different" type of Lake Titicaca experience. It's not a replacement for going on the Full Lake Titicaca tour though as Uros & Taquile Island are very much worth seeing

Edited: 10:15 am, March 24, 2012
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3. Re: Best way to experience Lake Titicaca?

I don't think anything matches with cruising on the lake thru the reed beds.

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