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great tour guide for Lake Titicaca and other recommendations

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I recently took a two day tour of Lake Titicaca with an overnight in Isla Amantina and I had a fantastic tour guide I wanted to recommend. His name is Clever, really.... it is Clever. His full name is Edwin Clever Apaza Asqui. He is based in Puno and his e-mail is Sapitoclever@yahoo.com. He was quite possibly the best tour guide I have ever had. His English was outstanding which really helps for me because my ear has an difficult time discerning through thick accents and the thoroughness and professionalism with which he conducted the tour was truly fantastic.

I happened to luck out in getting him serendipitously through a package I had arranged. I will definitely make arrangements to get him again if/when I return to Lake Titicaca. I have no connection with him otherwise and he doesn't even know I am writing this.

BTW, the lake was just beautiful as were the islands and it was far nicer than what I had been expecting.

Two other points: I would recommend flying rather than the very long bus ride from Cusco. Flights are into Juliaca which is an hour away from Puno. If you must take the bus, the only overnight bus I would consider is called the Inka Suites bus. It is by far the most comfortable. My weather was just perfect in the third week of April. The lake is at 14,250 feet so altitude sickness precautions like taking Diamox would be well worth considering. Be prepared with toilet paper in your possession; many public toilets do not have this.

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