Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Lake Titicaca

Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world, sits between the border of Peru and Bolivia; its Peruvian gateway being the half built city of Puno. On our two day, one night tour of this huge wonder, we were able to explore the Uros Floating Islands, Amantani Island, and Taquile Island.

Besides the one hour delay due to our boat breaking down two hours from the next shore, this adventure surely let us experience some of the lakes antique society ranging from typical food from our "host family" to a party with authentic music and clothes.

The floating island of Uros. Over 2000 people inhabit these man-made islands.

The women and children of one of the floating Islands of Uros wave to the tourtist boats as they pass.

The floating islands are made of blocks of soil held together with root systems and tied together with rope and pegs. They then pile these reeds on top as the islands´ floor.

The view of the Pachatata (Father Earth) Temple, from the Pachamama (Mother Earth) Temple, on Amantani Island. Both hills are about a 40 minute hike from the Plaza de Armas of the island.

Staying with a family on Amantani Island was an interesting experience. The family had additional bedrooms for guests, an outhouse, a little kitchen complete with wood burning caldron, a huge garden and sheep.

At night, they dressed us up in traditional garb for the peña, a party with Andean music. We danced and drank beer until 10...a late night for these folks.

The next day, this little girl, probably 7-years-old, marches her clan of sheep across Taquile Island using a sprig of flower as her whip.

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