These boats are made of totora –the plant used to build the Uros islands and its houses- and were the main mains of transport of Uros people in the past.
These boats have different shapes and sizes. The most simple boat is like a canoe (picture 1) and it is still used by local people for the everyday life. There is another more sophisticated boat with lion heads in the bow (picture 2) and it basically used to transport tourists. As you can see on the pictures both types use paddles.
The women of Amantani dress in skirts with bright colours (usually pink or bright green) underneath. They wear an embroidered blouse and a beautifully embroidered black headscarf.
Fiona and I had the pleasure of dressing up in the costume as you can see in the picture... not the most flaterring costume to the figure! lol
The Inca Empire used to be ruled by three laws. Nowadays Taquile island is one of the few places, if not the only, that still mantain them.
This laws are:
1-. Do not lie.
2-. Do not rob.
3-. Do not be lazy.
Those three are great, but... what about killing? Nobody said anything?? *:-|
Muña is an aromathic herb very extended in Titicaca Lake.
Is good for breathing deeper and is also good to get used to the height, like coca leaves.
There are two ways to use it:
1-. The first one is like infusion, like a tea.
2-. The second one is rub it with both hands and then smell it. Is like a home made eucaliptus or mint sweet. It helps to breath deeper. Very usefull in hight places were there is less oxigen.
En la iglesia de Copacabana coincidimos con la bendición de un autobús nuevo , brindamos con ellos para una larga vida del autobús
In Copacabana church we attended to the blessing of a new bus and we toasted with them for a long life for the bus
En la isla no existen animales de carga , por eso tienen que subir todo tipo de mercancías y materiales a cuestas
In the island there are not animals to take the loads , for this reason all kind of materials are taken to the top of the hill on their shoulders
La tierra la trabajan en plataformas que alternan los cultivos cada temporada y siguen usando los mismos procedimientos que sus antepasados
The land is cultivated in platforms that alternate the cultivation each season and they keep using the same methods as their ancestors
La totora es un junco que crece en el lago Titicaca y que lo utilizan como "la purga de Benito"
para todas las cosas . Lo comen , hacen sus casas y barcos , lo usan para hacer fuego , artesanías , esteras y hasta para hacer las islas flotantes donde viven
The "Totora" is a reed that grows in the Titicaca lake and they use for every thing
They eat , make their houses and boats , use to make fire , handicrafts , rugs , and also to make floating islands to live
When visiting the Uros you will see how they make their traditional cooking in front of the huts. When watching this I wondered how did they avoid big fires, as they make fire just on dried plants. Well, at least they have plenty of water around to fight the fire!
1. Taquille is known for its hats. These 'super toques' are worn by the men and there are three different types that denote: married men, single men and men of important status on Taquille. This custom is complexed by the fact that certain folds of a hat also symbolize different meanings (can’t remember them all). While exploring Taquille, it’s common to see men knitting these hats.
If you like to buy a hat (or other handcrafts), you may do so at the local run cooperative. Prices are high (so is the quality) and bargaining is not an option!
2. Married men frequently greet each other by exchanging coca leaves.
3. On Taquille, the men knit and the women spin thread. Any man wishing to marry a woman from Taquille, must first learn to knit. How do you like that 'guys'?!
Being islands and so small, one of the few ways of getting energy here are solar panels, small panels that you can see in the background. They get out of them energy for TV, domestic machines and so.