After finally making it back to Copacabana I caught the bus to Puno that evening and arrived around 8:30pm. Puno is in Peru so i am on to my next country! The city is also along the shoreline of Lake Titicaca, but as I discovered, it is not nearly as nice as Copacabana. It is a much bigger city that is fairly run down and the water is completely green.
The main attraction in the town is taking a boat tour to the floating islands that are still inhabited by local families (so they claim). Regardless of whether it is a display put on for tourists or not, it was still quite the site to see, and was definitely a reality for families years ago. The islands are entirely made out of reeds and the island we visited housed 6 families. It’s difficult to describe the islands without a picture, but you can Google them if you want more info or to see pictures! There were over 60 islands and the span of them was crazy – it was like a neighbourhood of floating islands.
The island tour only took a half day so i caught the first bus to Arequipa which is where I am now. The highlight here is the Colca Canyon and it is deeper than the Grand Canyon. I will do some research tomorrow and figure out the best way to visit it! My first impression of this city is very good, it is one of the nicest cities I have been to so far. I also saw my first McDonald’s on my way to the hostel and might have to indulge tomorrow…Bolivia didn’t have any chain fast food places and I don’t even eat McDonald’s at home, but it is appealing for whatever reason right now!