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South America » Peru » Puno » Lake Titicaca » Taquile Island September 28th 2008

we got a boat out on lake titicca to see the uros people who live on floating reed islands in the middle of the lake. we also stayed with a family and went to a party dressed up in traditional clothes! very groovy indeed.... read more
on the boat
football really is universal
our home stay family

South America » Peru » Puno » Lake Titicaca » Taquile Island August 21st 2008

The last (real) day of the trip began like the others, with runny eggs (I skipped this time) and really strong, viscous coffee. I feel like our hotel stays were like a pyramid -- began low with the Amazon, peaked with the 5-star hotel in Lima, then slid back down the ramp to this little inn in the crappy city of Puno, and ending with practically camping on the island (unless you count sleeping on the plane as the end, which was really the perfect ending). Waking up in the 12,000 ft atmosphere, my mucous membranes were so dry that my throat hurt, and everytime I blew my nose it bled. Now I know why they call it the nosebleed section. We hopped in the little tour van and took off for the pier. There, we ... read more
The boat ride

South America » Peru » Puno » Lake Titicaca » Taquile Island July 13th 2008

Well I made a decision, staying over night on one of the islands on Titicaca. I´m not sure which one as I couldn´t understand the hotel manager who booked it for me. I think I will be staying at the home of one of the locals. Should be an experience. Puno is horrible, quite intimidating. Although that may just have been as I was in the town at night. Full of beggars and deformed people for some reason. Couldn´t find anywhere to upload my photos either. More soon xx... read more

South America » Peru » Puno » Lake Titicaca » Taquile Island June 22nd 2008

The Floating Islands, Lake Titicaca Although 41 natural islands dot Lake Titikaka’s waters it also plays host around 30 manmade islands - created from their very foundations by their inhabitants. These people are resourceful with a capital Reed. They build their islands, houses and means of transport solely out of the native reeds (and they even eat them too). By using the reeds’ root blocks they build the island foundations. They cut them loose from the bed of the lake where they pop up much like corks. By joining together multiple sections of this material with sticks and rope and anchoring the whole group to the lake bed (again with sticks and rope) they provide a stable and stationery foundation for their homes. On top of this soily base they lay down criss-crossing layers of the ... read more
The Floating Islands
Reed boats
The Floating Islands

South America » Peru » Puno » Lake Titicaca » Taquile Island June 15th 2008

Well, I'm finally updating this blog, after having been neglecting it for quite some time. Today is July 4th, so this entry is a good 3 weeks overdue! We woke up early for breakfast on the rooftop patio at the restaurant (coca tea was Definately in order after all those stairs!), and met downstairs in the lobby at 7:30am. We were met by our guide Marco, who would be with us the whole time out on Lake Titicaca. We all headed outside and hopped in our "Limousines" for the downhill trip to the harbour. Now, when I say Limousines, what I really mean is two-passenger tuk-tuks with a bicycle attached. We had a total of 8 Limos for our trip, and the race was pretty fierce, but Fran and I managed to come in second to ... read more

South America » Peru » Puno » Lake Titicaca » Taquile Island June 6th 2008

We took a boat tour on to Lake Titicaca to see the floating islands. The people make these islands with reeds, 40 in total. Each belongs to a family. They have their own barter system, cultural norms and laws. We then went on to Tequile Island a few hours boat ride away. We happned on to a flag day celebration. The children here are amazing and so sweet. This island is almost autonomous as well, with the primary language being Quechua, the Inka´s language.... read more
Floating Island
Floating Island
Floating Island

South America » Peru » Puno » Lake Titicaca » Taquile Island June 1st 2008

Le Lac Titicaca est le lac navigable le plus haut du monde (3800 metres). Le nom vient du Quechua (langue inca) qui signifie "Le Rocher au Puma" du a sa population de pumas autour(aujourd´hui rares). On y trouve plusieurs iles dont les habitants ont su garder leurs traditions. Certaines remontent a une periode pre-inca, ce qui est admirable si elles persistent aujourd´hui. Les iles sont separees par la langue: dans certaines, on parle Quechua, dans d´autres, on parle Aymara. La culture Aymara remonte avant les Incas et etaient d´ailleurs un peuple feroce qui a survecu a l´invasion Inca. Les Quechua descendent de la civilisation Inca. C´est extremement interessant de voir comment ces peuples et leur cultures ont garde leur propre identite apres des centaines d´annees, tout en etant capable de s´habituer a la culture espagnole. Quechua ... read more

South America » Peru » Puno » Lake Titicaca » Taquile Island April 7th 2008

Hned na hranici jsem si vsim dalsi atrakce: tahle byla typicka pro Peru, v Bolivii jsem ji nezpatril - taxiky - motorikolky, jak nekde v indii. Vpredu ridic, vzadu misto pro dva, cely pod takovou hadrovou kapotou. Cesta do Puna trvala tri hodiny. Nechal jsem se premluvit a ubytoval se v hostelu od ridice. Celkem prostej, ale slusnej krcalek za malo penez a navic v centru. Co se mi ale nepodarilo, premluvit sprchu aby tekla tepla voda. Recepcni se to na chvilicku povedlo a hned zmizela. Jak zmizela, prestala tyct i tepla voda. Nakonec jsem se teda musel oplachnout v ledove studeny vode. Inu tuzme se. Odpoledne jsem vyuzil k prochazce a navsteve dvou mistnich restauraci a jedny hostpody. Objednal jsem si dvoudenni cestu pomistni atrakci: plovouci rakosovy ostrovy a ostrovy Amantani a Taquile, kde dosud ... read more
Puno - namesti
Zena vysiva
Plovouci ostrovy

South America » Peru » Puno » Lake Titicaca » Taquile Island April 6th 2008

We arrived in Puno on 4th April with the intention of spending some time seeing Lake Titicaca and also trying to arrange our transport and accomodation for our next stop Copacabana in Bolivia. Luckily for us, we thought, we were greeted off the bus by Jaime or "Jimmy" who immediately seem to take charge of our situation, we didn´t even have time to reflect on the fact that we hadn´t arranged to meet him or even knew who he was... some very basic traveller rules were being broken but, hey, he seemed like a nice enough guy and what´s more seemed to know everything about our needs - trip to the islands on the lake, bus to Copacabana, hostel in Copacabana.. he even commented that he thought our hotel was expensive for what it was and ... read more
Culture centre Puno
Captain Carlos, Yavari, Puno
Yavari, Puno

South America » Peru » Puno » Lake Titicaca » Taquile Island January 23rd 2008

Took a bus from Copa across the border, very smooth and quick process. Bus conductor took it upon himself to "find" us a hotel.... even jumped in the taxi with us and helped with the bags in. It was very basic but really close to the main plaza so did the job - was only $10 for the ensuite room with tv so how bad? The very helpful conductor was downstairs to help us check in, also signed us up for all day tour of the reed islands the next day and overnight bus to Cusco!!!! He did well out of us but we were delighted not to have to wander around to sort things out. Went out for yummy dinner and had early night as had to be in reception for 6.45 the next morning. ... read more

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