Lake Titicaca

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The floating islands

We left Cusco having spent Halloween partying on the main square in a club that was done up to the nines and with everyone in fancy dress.  After the Inca Trail it was a pretty surreal experience and my legs didn´t fully work! We arrived in Puno tired and had a pretty relaxing day.  The following morning we were up early and took a boat out onto Lake Titicaca - the worlds highest navigable lake at 3,900masl.  We stopped on the floating islands and were taught how they build the islands from the reeds that grow in the lake.  Houses, boats, everything is made from the same reeds and things have to be renewed regulalry.  Pretty tiring work.

We made our way to Amanati Island where we had our homestay and we met our Mama - Judith - who was a very sweet 15 year old girl.

Dressed to kill!
  I stayed with Jenine and Michelle and the three of us made friends with the two daughters of the family really quickly.  We had lunch and then went to play football with the locals, playing at altitude is tough!  We lost twice and had to hand over 2 soles each to the winning local team but fortunately we had Baileys Hot Chocolate waiting for us after the match!  Yum!

That evening after dinner the family dressed us up in local costumes and we went to the local dance.  Was really good fun and the local dancing is similar to Israeli dancing but on speed.  It´s fast and furious and the little old women are deceptively strong and take great pleasure in trying to rip your arm from your socket! We were exhausted fairly quickly.

The experience was interesting but I had hoped it would be more authentic.
Shaking up a Pisco Sour
  I think after the Inca Trail nothing could compare though!  We went back to Puno and were in the midst of parades and celebrations that lasted all night to celebrate Puno´s anniversary.  I think parades may be a national sport!  Everyone of every age was in an incredible costume dancing through the streets.  They work all year just to have these kind of celebrations and they were really spectaular. 

It was our last night in Peru so it was only fitting that we joined the celebrations and we did by having a Pisco Sour lesson from the Don of Pisco Sours - Elvis!  We took over a local bar and created our versions of Pisco Sours (3 0z Pisco, 2 oz ime Juice, 1oz sugar syprup, 1 x egg white and a lot of shaking over ice) was so much fun and after a couple of them we took on the dance floor ... 1,2,3,4 un, dos, tres, cuatro ... You Know You Want Me...... Let´s just say the night was drunken and involved fighting to get into a "local local" club at 4am where danced the night away until 5am when we went home to shower and get our bus to Bolivia!

Bye bye Peru, it´s been a magical and suprising journey that i´ll never forget, an experience of a lifetime.  Hasta pronto.

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The floating islands
The floating islands
Dressed to kill!
Dressed to kill!
Shaking up a Pisco Sour
Shaking up a Pisco Sour
Et Voila!
Et Voila!
Our boat
Our boat
In our bedroom on Amantani Island
In our bedroom on Amantani Island
With our mama Julia
With our mama Julia
The parade through Puno
The parade through Puno
Jenine, yours truly and Michelle w…
Jenine, yours truly and Michelle …
Dancing round to Llamada de Emerge…
Dancing round to Llamada de Emerg…
Puno
photo by: lrecht