Published: January 23rd 2011January 10th 2011
Collected in a bus and herded onto a boat in grey drizzly morning = not much fun but after 2hrs of putting across the lake, the sun came out and we found we had a great guide and had arrived at Taquille which to me was not much more than a square with handicraft stores and tourist restaurants. The walk across the island was very pretty.
The Uros or floating islands were very interesting (and yes very touristy) but I enjoyed chatting with one of the ladies I bought a tapestry from and her family do live there (I've read and heard they just motor out and dress up for tourists). The tourist income pays for things they wouldn't get by their traditional subsistence/trade like solar panels and tv (not that thats a great thing as the kids especially the teens are less keen to dress traditionally or sing silly songs for the tourists.
There are more photos below