I travelled alone as a female student to Lake Titicaca in August 2013. My trip was planned through Llama Expeditions, and I have to admit that I would not have enjoyed Puno nearly as much if I had not chosen to travel through this tour agency. Before I even arrived in Peru, Diane at Llama Expeditions diligently answered my (probably near 100) email questions about the trip. I have travelled in Peru extensively, and it was quite apparent that Llama Expeditions managed to combine the best highlights of the area- from train to 5-star hotels to off-the-beaten-path amazing eateries and beautiful hikes, into one pleasantly packed trip. The first day consisted of the Cusco to Puno PeruRail train (a 5-star review in itself) and transport to the beautiful Casa Andina Private right on Lake Titicaca. The next morning, we (meaning myself and other single or small group travelers who were 'pooled' together from different tour agencies) travelled by boat to the floating Uros Islands where we stayed for a few hours, and continued on to Amantani Island for a home stay. I was very surprised by the delicious meals served by my homestay family! The third day, we visited Taquille island and had a delicious lunch at the top of the island (arrived via hike) at which we learned about the local knitting traditions. Back at Casa Andina Private that afternoon, I had a chance to regroup before visiting Lake Umayo and the Sillustani Burial Site on the last day- a pleasant surprisingly, the best part of the trip! Myself, one local row boat operator, and my tour guide were the only ones on Lake Umayo, and the tour guide said that he hadn't given the tour in 5 years! We saw a vicuna reserve where only one family lives among the wildlife, and after climbed to the Sillustani Burial Site- since we arrived before noon, we were again the only ones there. Before being dropped off in Puno, we had lunch at a nearby family farm that had been converted to a restaurant- need I say it was a private lunch, and amazingly delicious. All around, a f
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