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Published: February 7th 2011
Bus ride to Puno
These are Taximotos or Mototaxis. Three wheeled motorbikes, with a fancy canvas cover. Some of them are peddled manually. Some cities use them alot.
After almost two weeks in the sacred valley region of Cuzco, we moved south (and up hill) to Puno on the shore of Lago Titicaca (pronounced "Lago Titi haha") or Lake Titicaca. One of the highest navigable lakes in the world at 3820 metres above sea level. We visited 3 islands on the lake. A floating Island, Isla Amantani, and Isla Taquille. The islands were almost in a different time period (which is a possibility as our bus driver drove at the speed of light to Puno). The inhabitants still wear traditional handmade clothes and they still practice a trade/bartering system and eat what ever is in season on the islands. The people remain vegetarian except on special occasions when they feast on their chickens..
Another great part of the island life is that there are no vehicles and limited electricity which is provided by a few solar panels.
The town of Puno was more of a staging point for us to visit the islands but it did have a special kind of charm - every car was a taxi, they all honked their horns simultaneously and they all drove bumper to bumper at mach 9. Oh, and the
These people make their islands to live on. UNESCO has recognized them for their amazing weaving and their contributions to humanity. Everything is made from the reeds that grow in Lake Titicaca.
food was good!
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Hasta luego nuestras amigos!
T y D
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