Amazing people, facinating lifestyle
I missed Tiawanako! (and I am still crying about it)
No trip to Peru or Bolivia is complete without a trip to the floating islands on Lake Titicaca. We visited an island where the Uros Indians live and we were able to observe their way of life. The lake is the largest in South America at over 8,000 sq, kms, and it's also the highest navigable lake in the world at 12,500 feet above sea level. When you...more
LAKE TITICACA You know are good thing to do when going out on Lake Titicaca and you plan to visit an island or two.!!. Take some fruit with you for the children!!..The diet that the locals have living out on their Islands doesn't include any fruit from what I was lead to beleive. I had a friend who was studying the local languages and he advised...more
The Uros are a pre-Incan culture that lives on floating island on Lake Titicaca, not far from Puno, Peru.Several of these islands are visited by tourists. The reeds that make up the islands are anchored to the bottom of the lake and must be continuously replaced as they slowly rot in the water.more
Sillustani was an interesting excursion at only 34 kilometres from Puno. Situated by the Umayo lagoon, this scenic place was a sacred cemetery built by Kollas. Kolla Kingdom was an Aymara kingdom that occupied Titicaca’s shores from 1200 until 1450, when the Inca Pachacutec conquered them. The particularity of this cemetery is its funerary tombs...more
On the second island that we visited there was a wedding celebration. Again it was weird to land there in the middle of a private ceremony. Bride and groom (Wilber and Deliana) assisted to some traditional dances in their honour sitting on two plastic chairs under their names. That’s why I distinguished them because they did not wear any special...more
Uros Islands are an ensemble of 9 artificial islands made of totora, a kind of reed that grows in the area (picture 1). Totora is used not only to build the island itself but also to build the houses and local boats. It is a strange feeling to walk on these islands, the soil is fluffy!Uros Islands was a weird excursion because you land on these...more
On Isla del Sol there are no restaurants but some local people can cook something for you for few coins. The menu is very restricted: grilled truchitas (just fished trout) with some salt and potatoes. By that time fish in general was not on my daily menu but on Isla del Sol I had no choice: I had been walking all the morning, felt veeeery hungry so...more
During my first night in Copacabana someone asked me to close my eyes and took me from my room to the shorelake. I did not know the purpose of "that game" but when I was allowed to open my eyes again I saw the most beautiful night show: Titicaca Lake’s night sky is still a dazzling dome of stars, an incredible dome of stars. I had never seen something like this before.
Look for the Cruz del Sur (Southern Cross): it is the constellation used in the Southern Hemisphere to get easily oriented.
This night under the stars was one of the highlights of my Perú-Bolivia trip.
After exploring the Peruvian side of Lake Titicaca we decided to travel to Isla del Sol on the Bolivian side. We purchased bus tickets in Puno from Cusi Travel. They had forgotten to book our taxi transfer to the bus terminal so I went to their office and the owner flagged a cab and paid for the transfer.The bus was a Tours Peru operated bus full...more
El autobús cuesta 5.5$ y tarda 4 horas El paisaje es muy bonito por las vistas del lago y la de los volcanes El estrecho de Tiquina hay que pasarlo en barco , por eso hay que bajarse y tomar un barco para los pasajeros y otro para el autobús vacíoThe bus cost 5.5$ and takes hours The countryside is very nice due mainly to the lake and volcanoes...more
El autobús regular cuesta 9$ aprox y tarda más o menos cuatro horas incluyendo el tiempo para pasar a pie las fronteras de Perú y Bolovia y hacer transbordo de autobusesEn la frontera se pueden cambiar BolivianosThe regular bus cost 9$ arox and takes 4 hours more or less including the time youneed to cross the borders on foot and to change the...more
Taquilians were considered the best weavers in the Inca Empire. It's common seeing men and women weaving in the streets while they walk.There is a two floor handcraft market in the main square where you can buy from tipical perubian hats to skits, most of them made of alpaca wool. The price is more expensive than other places, but the quality is...more
Who could resist?? We bought a wonderful wind - chime...it's made of reeds and has the mos intricate work . Little boats with people in them hanging from a reed dome. It's special and when I look at it I remember this fascinating place. ( I think it was all of $2.00)more
In the Uros islands you will find many souvenirs stalls. Is usually stuff they make there, like ceramics, small totora items like boats, huts... They are really cheap, about 1-2 USD, and you can even bargain. Is a good chance to buy those identical souvenirs for your 12 mates at the office or so. If you buy many items you can get discounts. And...more
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...more
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! lolmore
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 vivenThe "Totora" is a reed that grows in the Titicaca lake and they use for every thingThey eat ,...more
While beeing on the floating island I had a nasty surprise. There was this lady confirming me it was ok I take picture of her. But after that she wanted money for it. Our guide said before we arrived on the island we do not need to give any money for the photos. But who would say no to a lady on the picture? I paid a small amunt and decided not to...more
If you consider Venice gondolas a tourist trap, you might find this totota rides the same way. Anyway, they are much much much cheaper (about 2 USD), so why not take a ride in one of these touristy things, it was nice and calm, flotaing on the waters of Titicaca lake...Rides take about 5 minutes, the time to go from 1 island to another.more
You will bring some things to eat for the family with which you will stay an overnight, but take some bread for you as they won't give you some...
Vous allez apporter des cadeaux-bouffe pour votre famille d'accueil sur l'ile, mais prenez du pain pour vous, c'est pas du luxe...
You can't really see many animals around here, but seldom you see seagulls and some fishes jumping out. Seagulls come to the islands to pick up pieces of fishes and so.
On the picture you can see general information that you might be interesting about the lake itself:it is on altitude 3809 metersit covers 8560 square metersand the temperature of the water is round 9 degress. So now you know why it is not god for swimming or any similar sport activities.more
People, people, people. I always try to bring a couple things on my trips: 1. Notepads, pencils, and other materials (for libraries, schools, kids in need, etc.)2. A small polaroid instant camera.Prior to leaving Taquile, I had our family pose with my brother and Chris for two shots. 1 for me with my regular camera and one for the family with my...more