Lake Titicaca and Islands that float our boat.
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We had heard that the Floating Islands on Lake Titicaca were pretty touristy...but hey we are tourists, so we headed out there for a day trip with fairly low expectations. Our first steps on the almost bouncy island was fabulous! The islands are constructed of bundled reeds tied together, with new layers added as old ones rot out the bottom. Our feet sunk down several centimetres and it had a wierd trampoline-like feel.
There are more or less 40 floating islands (more or less because if theres a feud, an island can be sawn in half...or if there is a party or wedding, islands can be connected together for a bigger dance floors allowing everyone to bust out their funky trad folk moves).
The island all looked fairly authentic on the exterior, until we invited ourselves in to one of the locals huts, where they were thrilled to show off their shiny new black and white solar powered TV sets. We wouldn´t want to miss the soapies either.
After the Floating Islands we sailed (in a motor boat though) out to the Island of Taquile an all round more solid and island-like island. We had some lunch and saw the handicrafts and walked around, but having seen real islands before, it was no match for floating ones.