Puno and Lake Titikaka

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Our luxury transport across Lake Titikaka

We said goodbye to the comfort of the Hotel Casa de mi Abuela in Arequipa and headed-up to Puno, at about 3,400m above sea level and perched on the edge of Lake Titikaka.  It was instantly much colder than Arequipa, even in the day, but especially at night.

Jeremy wasn´t particularly feeling well with the altitude and Erica was still shaking-off food poisoning, so we didnt get to see much of Puno that night!  It was an early start for our trip to the "Lako Segrado" (Sacred Lake), as it is known.   We hopped onto a boat that went to Los Uros, the "Floating Islands" of titikaka, where lifestyles have changed very little over hundreds of years.

Locals going to work round the Uros Islands
  Basically, the islands are made-up of reeds gathered from the lake and simple piled upon the surface.  As the ones at the bottom and in the lake rot-away, the ones above effectively replace them and bouyancy is retained. If felt a bit like a turist trap, because although we learned how the lake had been used over the centuries, the locals had a totally captive audience to hawk their wares (that incidently were the same as everywhere that we went to in Puno and the surrounding area, so they didn´t make it themselves!).  IT was, however and interesting part of the trip and we eventually we gave into temptation and took a spin in one of the local´s boats, although Dave back home probably payed a fair bit more for his recent Gondola ride in Venice with Becky, he had the security of feeling that there are probably more safety regulations in Venice than Peru!  To be fair, it was very tranquil and enjoyable.
Jeremy on our luxury transport!

From The Floating Islands (we visited another after the first, almost exactly the same!), we then went-on to Taquile, which was about another 2 hours onwards and away from Puno.  Taquile is under a mile wide and about 2/3 miles long.  The men wear floppy hats with bobbles on to state whether they are single, engaged to be married or have their attentions focused on a particular "lucky" lady!  It took a fairly steep set of stairs to reach the main Plaza of Taquile, which had a brick and glass monstrosity of a building slap-bang next to much older and traditional places and looked very out of place.  The views were amazing, in many directions the shore couldn´t be seen at all given the vast stretch of water that is Lake Titikaka.

Sat in group eating reed from the lake!

We returned to Puno, which was a good few hours away in the boat.  We were both pretty exhausted and had another early start the next day as we had to catch the bus to Cusco, so we never really got to see much of Puno Town, which seemed fairly lively at night with "Rock n Reggae" clubs, which the Peruvians seem to quite like and plenty of other tourists milling around.  Again, it felt a very safe environment to explore in the centre, although we wouldn´t have wandered to far into the suburbs at night.                 This was probably our first real venture into a tourist place - our previous stops have huge reliance on tourism, but this felt very "in your face".

 

 

rachelsurc says:
Hi guys, glad to see you making the most of your journey,keep up the blogs i'm really enjoying reading them
rahcxx
Posted on: Oct 21, 2007
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