- Encounters with locals
- Sustainable Tourism
- Unesco World Heritage
- Off the beaten track
After my huge disappointment with the Uros islands, which I found to be a complete rip off, I set off on my journey to Llachon, off the beaten track, to visit Lake Titicaca.
Though taxis seem cheap, I would advise you to use "collectivos" to get there: an authentic Peruvian experience, if there's any such thing, and all for next to nothing! These minibuses stop in villages along the way, taking on board locals in a riot of colour and gorgeous hats worn proudly by the women.
Llachon is a small rural village with a spectacular view of Lake Titicaca. Use this opportunity to stay with a host family and enjoy eating fresh trout fished from the lake; for me, this was a great moment of intimacy shared with the locals. A lovely path leads up to a splendid view, but I would advise you to take your time climbing up, as at that altitude, you can rapidly become short of breath. In my opinion, this stop-over is a must on any trip to Peru.