The next day we say goodbye to our host family :( and motor on to the Taquile Island. We walk around the island with our guide and group then have lunch on the top looking out over the Lake Titicaca. Gorgeous! We keep thinking we're in the Mediterranean with all of the beautiful blues and greens of the clear lake waters.
Afterwards, we head back for the 3 hours motor to Puno. In town we check in to our hotel Q'Elqatani. Its a beautiful classic looking hotel with extremely comfortable beds. They bring up our baggage and cups of coca tea. I'm learning to love the tea - it does bring relief from the altitude sickness - which refuses to leave me alone. I try to sleep but its no use. I'm guessing Cusco will be a great relief at a lower elevation. This is why I guess they recommend acclimating in Cusco for a day or two before going to Lake Titicaca. Smart! I'll have to remember that next time!