What pleasantly surprised me when I got to Peru was how much I could do on my own. I already took advantage of the free walking tour(s) of Cusco to get my feel of the city and meet other travelers, but I wanted to do more. Note: if I was there now, I probably would have been satisfied sitting on a rooftop sipping pisco sours and reading a book. Boring.
I remember asking the hostel travel desk for suggestions (since they arranged my Machu Picchu itinerary)…..but everything they suggested were out of my budget (and ideal for groups of 2-5). Since I was keen on not wasting a day of inactivity, I took a bus to explore Lago Titicaca, and was assured that I’d find tours there in no time (advice of other travelers really helped!).
Five years later I can still remember how NOISY and ridiculous the ride back was for me. A group of European backpackers got on board and wreaked havoc by kicking my seat, drinking, eating, and singing. I think the bus driver sang along too, at one point. For 3am, they had a lot of energy.
Lago Titicaca was a place I would’ve missed had it not been for the suggestion of others. I would love to return someday to visit Bolivia, the other side.