We will be doing the same things in May you did, and were considering renting a car, but your driver and tour sounds great. Where did you stay in Puno, La Paz and/or Copacabana? How many days did you need? We arrive into Juliaca airport May 7 and have until May 10. Originally, we were going to rent a car and drive to Copacabana for two nights then drive back and stay at one of the lodges on Lake Titicaca in Uros, but can't figure it all out to work. Can you share your itinerary and suggestions? Thanks, Jan
I stayed in Tierra Viva Puno Plaza in Puno. Very nice, modern facility close to main plaza. In La Paz, I stayed at Hotel Rosario La Paz, also good location in central area. A bit older place but clean and comfortable. Staff very helpful.
I would recommend staying a night on Isla del Sol or Copacabana if you have time. I found the trip from Puno to La Paz to be well done but it's a long day! If you're arriving May 7 and leaving May 10, that may be a lot to fit in. Especially if you're staying on Uros island one night. I found the whole day trip to Uros and Taquile to be enough time to explore. I'd stay on Taquile island if you do have a choice. Less touristy feel than Uros Islands. Puno itself doesn't need a lot of time. I'd leave a day to explore La Paz. The ethnographic museum was well worth a couple of hours. And you have to spend a couple of hours riding the cable cars! I agree that taxi rides good way to go and safe.