20.02.2013 18 °C
Well, it's confirmed. There really isn't much going on in Puno at all. We probably should have took a punt on the Floating Islands trip rather than stay in the town.
We walked from the hostel down to the lake. From here, I wonder why everyone raves about Lake Titicaca? The lake is filled with algae and there are decrepit but colourful (which kind of adds to the sadness) pedallos creaking their way around the water. There is a jetty full of souvenir stalls and cafes that no one seems to be in, maybe this is due to time of year. The busiest part was around the lighthouse, where someone had put large characters from the animated film Ice Age there so people could have their photo taken. At the end of the jetty the water looked nicer.
Turning back to face the town, the hills are filled with half built houses (much like a lot of the more rural Peru it seems), bare bricked and not very attractive. There seems to be the opportunity to turn this place into a cute 'seaside' town - paint the houses pretty colours, bring the main street of restaurants and bars to the lake side, clean the lake - but I guess there isn't the money or necessity.
And so at 11.30am, we we're done. Puno was explored! We found a massive supermarket and this is the highlight of Puno for us We bought lots of food and headed back to the hostel to plan, upload and generally chill out for the rest of the day. A trip out later in the evening left us feeling the the same and we ended up back in our room watching Austin Powers 2 with spanish subtitles!