Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Lake Titicaca - Uros, Amantaní and Taquile

So, I've left Cusco (I'll be coming back in September to do the Inca trail - more on travel plans later...) and I'm now in Puno on the Peru side of Lake Titicaca. Just got back from a tour of some Islands starting off on the floating islands of Uros.

Quite and early start, 7 am we set off for the port to find a boat to take us out to the islands.



After a bit of negotiation we got passage on a boat to take us to Uros and then onto another island for the night then back to Puno.



Quite a nice leisurely journey through some reed beds



And we found ourselves on one of the floating island of Uros.



These float in about 15-20 meters of water which was kindly demonstrated by one of the locals who dropped a weight on the end of rope through a hole in ground.



After a quick demonstration on how the islands are constructed we caught a reed boat to another floating island.







Here you can stay the night in some rather fancy huts. They have a bar and restaurant, what more could you ask for?



However, we have to head onto to Amantaní where we are going to stay with a local family. So, after another 3 hours one the boat (which allowed us all to catch up on some sleep and to get immensely bored) we arrived at Amantaní to be met by a bunch of local ladies representing the families of the island who will be putting us up.



We followed our lady for about 15 minutes getting completely lost.



Before reaching our little homestead.



Our house is set just up from the sea and has it's own set of fields and a cow!



After a nice lunch our lady took us on a very long walk to some ruins at the top of the island. The road was pretty good and had all sorts of pictures of local life embedded in it.



After quite a hard walk (we are 3,812 m (12,507 feet) above see level!). We reached the top of the hill and took in the views.




The island has the obligatory football field:



And we were in time for a very nice sunset.



A quick walk down in what was now becoming the dark of night (how our lady finds her way around I have no idea) we were presented with dinner and some costumes to wear for the nights festivities.





I'm not sure how much fun the locals are really having - they do this pretty much every night, so I guess it gets a bit dull. But after a while they warmed up a bit and the dancing got a bit crazy.



I think the band were happy to call it a night.



The following day we were up bright and early again to take the boat to Taquile to climb 450 steps for some.... you guessed it, ruins!



Very keen on arches here.






And they seem to make use of most things that would normally get thrown away:



After a nice lunch of kingfish, it was time to head back to the boat. Not sure how much use this signpost it.



Down to the boat, through some more arches.



And back to Puno past the floating islands. Today seems to be town meeting day, anyone who's anyone is out on his boat.



Tomorrow we'll be heading over to Bolivia to Copacabana for more of the islands on the lake.

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Chris,

you have been able to have a party in the middle of nowhere
Well done!

Lucia.

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