Puno and Lake Titicaca

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High School Marchers

  We drove to Puno today arriving late afternoon.  Lake Titicaca borders the town.  Our elevation here is 12565 feet so we will be able to start getting use to the higher elevations in preperation for our hiking the Inca Trail.  When we arrived we were lucky to see a highschool marching contest on the town square.  Each high school wore beautifull uniforms with many of the marchers having large mask covering their heads.  Reminded me of New Oreleans.

  The next morning we took a bicycle taxi ride to the lake were we boarded a boat that took us to Taquile Island where we were going to spend the night and eat dinner with a local family.  We arrived and after a  1/2 mile or so walk-all uphill, we arrived in a small village were we ate lunch and did some siteseeing.

Bicycle Taxi
  After that we were introduced to our host and they escorted us to the house we  would be staying in--one couple to each house.

The houses were small but each house had a spare bedroom with its own entrence with two beds with lots of blankets as can get cold at this elevation.  There was a small building seperate from the main house where the kitchen was and where we ate.  No indoor plumbing so was an outhouse not far from the  house.  Must have had a septic tank as no bad oder-Used a bucket of water to flush it.  They did have electricity.  Everthing was quite rustic but was clean and the family was very nice.  They did not speak but a few words of English and we spoke even fewer words of Spanish but after period of time with a lot of trial and error and a lot of using our hands it was surprisings how well we communicated.

Home we stayed in. Can see our entrence
  On the possibility that our family would have children we brought some small gifts for a child(we were luckey in that they had a 7 year old son) and gave them to him at dinner along with some canned food our guide had suggested would be welcomed by the family.

After dinner our hostess gave us native dress to wear and took us to a dance at the community center.  Native music and dancing made for a fun night

Next morning after breakfast we left to go back to Puno stopping on the way to visit the floating Islands of Uros.  These are Islands that the natives live on that are actually made of layers of reeds.  As the reeds down closest and in the water rot they keep putting new layers on top.  This is done continuously.  Eventually an Island decays away but they keep making new ones.  They even make boats from the reeds which last about 6 mo. before they finally decay and sink--Boats are being mad at all times.  We were told that people have been living on Islands like this for hundreds of years.  Orginally they were trying to get away from the Inca Indians.

  Tomorrow we will leave for Cuzco

 

 

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High School Marchers
High School Marchers
Bicycle Taxi
Bicycle Taxi
Home we stayed in. Can see our ent…
Home we stayed in. Can see our en…
Walking up from Lake Titicaca
Walking up from Lake Titicaca
High School Marchers
High School Marchers
High School Marchers
High School Marchers
High School Marchers
High School Marchers
High School Marchers
High School Marchers
Walking to village
Walking to village
entering village square
entering village square
Village square from top of a build…
Village square from top of a buil…
City council going to weekly meeti…
City council going to weekly meet…
Lunch on rooftop
Lunch on rooftop
bathroom
bathroom
guess what
guess what
countryside on Island
countryside on Island
Dance
Dance
Sweet Ann
Sweet Ann
dance
dance
Our local guide
Our local guide
Our group
Our group
bedroom
bedroom
bedroom
bedroom
floating island of Uros
floating island of Uros
lake in middle of Island
lake in middle of Island
Mother and baby
Mother and baby
Kitchen
Kitchen
Boat-still in good shape
Boat-still in good shape
building boat
building boat
boats
boats
Ann in boat
Ann in boat
Puno
photo by: lrecht