Puno and Lake Titicaca
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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.
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.
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