Day 7: Puno and on Lago Titicaca

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The Uros islands.
When I wake up, having slept for eight hour non-stop, it feels like it has been only one. Most likely, this is how a hang-over feels like (being a non-alcoholicer, I don't have any experiences with hang-overs, but I can quite imagine this could how that should be). Still, I come off easily, with slight traces of a headache, feeling tired from nothing, but - contrarily to many of our group - not having lost my appitite.

We leave for the harbour of Puno at seven A.M., from where we are going to make a "cruise" on Lake Titicaca, the heighest navigatable lake in the world (3820 m). This cruise is a lot more comfortable than our boattrip to the Islas Ballestas (on day 2) - but we will be much longer on the ship too.
Cute! A small Uros Indian :)
This boat has a large cabin, in which we can all sit, an open deck behind and a roof on which we can sit as well.

Soon after lifting the anchor, we pass through some remarkable pieces nature: vast fields of reed, where many different kinds of waterbirds live - quite a number of those species can only be found on Lake Titicaca, nowhere else in the world.

We moore at one of the Uros Islands. These islands are inhabited by the Uros Indians, a tribe that originates locally. But there is something very special about these islands: they are complete artifical. Everything is made of reed, even the islands themselves. That is why we are warned not to stay on one spot when near the edge of the island: you might fall through (and very much involutarily find out about the water temperatur of Lake Titicaca in local mid-winter).
Uros market
The Uros Indians show us some of their rituals, like how they hold a market, and they sing us a few of their songs - and a Dutch song too! One of the men shows how thick the island really is (about half a meter), and how deep the lake underneath the island is (about 16 m). A nice story he also tells us: sometimes the anchoring of an islands snaps, then they wake up on the other side of the lake - then they must tow their island back by motorboat - or, worse if neccessary, rowing.

They also have to be very careful when cooking. That's also about the only thing not made of reed: the stones, on which they make their cooking fires (and sometimes it still goes wrong, and a whole island burns down).

Each of the locals takes one or a few of our group with them, to show us their houses.
Islands of reed
These are also made of reed, in which we can find beds made of reed, funrnitur made of reed and they even eat the reed (we also get to taste it - quite tasteless, but not really bad either). After that visit, I should never complain again about small hotel rooms (I will, though), beause in the house that I visit, the size of my Nazca-hotel room, the whole falimy lives there - all eight of them (father, mother and six children). But they also do have all kinds of modern luxury: a television, mobile phones, etc., etc. All powered by solar energy! And these reed houses have another advantage: if you want to move, you can easily take your house with you (two men can lift the house and move it to another place).

In the time that we walk around the island by ourselves, after all the explanations, the Urossians bring out the handycrafts (did you expect anything else?) for us to buy (did you expect anything else?).
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Again, we all buy at least something - it is their main source of income, remember! We won't regret these acquirements: they're really good in making these things.

Everything is made of reed here... so boats as well. That is how we sail to another of the Uros islands: by reed boat, rowed by two Uros Indians. It's even a boat with a cabin, and from the top of the cabin, we have a good view of the surroundings (more Uros islands).

After a bit of looking around at that second island (where there are flamingo's walking freely), our "own" boat is waiting there, which is going to take us a long way further up the lake, all the way to Taquili island, some two and a half hours at full speed. That is where our lunch restaurant is. We have a traditional Titicaca lunch: soupe and fish (trout, freshly caught in the lake), with a cup of mint tea (another of the Peruvian cure-to-all-discomforts).
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All very tasty! And the lunch does me a lot of good: almost immediately I feel the symptoms of altitude sickness subside (that mint tea afterall???), so I can really enjoy the little show some locals give: song and dance. And I can enjoy it a bit more, because this time, the camera-excuse works in letting me escape from being dragged along (so I can take both photos and a video of my former dance partner from Arequipa, who is once again pulled from her seat).

On our three and a half hour way back, the sun is first almost blocked by the huge clouds of smoke, originating from a ceremonial fire (reed is sacrificed in honor of mother earth - from a disitance it looks like they are burning up a number of whole Uros islands), and later we can almost see the sun set into lake Titicaca.
On Taquili island.
We return in the harbour of Puno just too early.

From the harbour we return to our hotel, where have some time to have a little rest and change for dinner. Tonight we are going out to diner in the centre of Puno. The centre looks nice and cosy, all lights on in the evening and the market still going like business as usual.

We have dinner at the restaurant El Tulipo - very appropriate: a Dutch groupe eating in a restaurant of which the name translates as "tulip" - but it is not exactly a recommended dinner site: service is very slow and the food is just near cold (ok, a salad is supposed to be, but an alpaca steak is not). So after desert (fruitsalad for me - I let the mostly chosen tiramisu pass by), we return with mixed feelings about our "going out for dinner" to our hotel, where we all decide that the altitude demands another good night sleeping, so we deploy no further activities.
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The Uros islands.
The Uros islands.
Cute! A small Uros Indian :)
Cute! A small Uros Indian :)
Uros market
Uros market
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Islands of reed
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Our boat.
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On Taquili island.
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We are one another boat like this.
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Birdlife on lago Titicaca
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Singing on one of the Uros islands.
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Singing on one of the Uros islands.
Singing on one of the Uros islands.
Singing on one of the Uros islands.
Singing on one of the Uros islands.
Singing on one of the Uros islands.
Singing on one of the Uros islands.
Singing on one of the Uros islands.
Singing on one of the Uros islands.
Singing on one of the Uros islands.
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Cooking an a reed island.
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Uros Handycrafts
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The cat - no dogs allowed.
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The Uros islands.
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Another boat, just like ours.
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Lago Titicaca.
Lago Titicaca.
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The Peruvian flag waving at our b…
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Puno
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