Checking into this place was like walking onto the set of Faulty Towers. The owner, Alfredo, seemed to have had a little too much coca tea. We arrived at 5am from Cusco and had emailed them previously asking if it would be possible for us to book a 3 island boat trip and overnight stay through them, and store our luggage there whilst we did this, before returning there for one night. Alfredo told us there were 2 options for the homestay, to stay on either Amantani which was very touristy or Taquile which would be more 'local', despite the guide books telling us the opposite. We opted for the Taquile, we were told we would be met by an English speaking guide and shown around the island. 1st stop was Uros, totally touristy but you have to tick the box. The guide on the boat said we were now going to Taquile, we asked when we would go to Amantani as we had booked and paid for a 3 island tour, and we were told the only way you can do 3 islands is if you stay on Amantani.
At Taqulie we were met by our host who spoke NO English whatsoever, so my friend had to translate everything for the whole 2 days to those of us in the group that didn't have good enough Spanish. At the famy house we did not eat with the family or see how they live, it was more like a hotel attached to their house we stayed in. We got to see a lot of the island, and we didn't see any other tourists at all, however on speaking to people who stayed on Amantani they seemed to have a lot more of an 'authentic' experience.
When we checked into the hostel the lady did not ask us for our passports or anything, but offered to book our bus tickets for the morning which we paid her for. Our room was ok, clean with hot water and good wifi. In the morning when we got up for breakfast Alfredo kept telling people we had to sit 4 to a table as there were 21 people coming to breakfast, despite he fact that there were only 7 of us there at the time and no one else seemed to be getting up 6am.
Overall, ok hostel in a pretty boring town, but book your own island tour at the docks to ensure you get what you pay for.
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