We arrived in Puno at Lake Titicaca on April 30th. All tourist guide books dismiss Puno as uninteresting but due to the fact that it was pay day and the night before May 1st we found a busting town. People were flocking to the streets, café bars and restaurants were open everywhere and the whole city was in a big party mood. We enjoyed walking the streets and relaxing at a plaza observing the action.
The next day we did the usual tourist tour visiting communities on a floating island and the natural island Taquile. We had been told by locals that the communities around Lake Titicaca organized themselves in a very democratic way to make sure that every community gets their fare share of the tourist business. Therefore tourist groups are distributed evenly between communities and even restaurants and going on your own to avoid organized tours is not possible.