The Petryk's Round-The-World Adventure 2007/2008 travel blog

....out on Lake Titicaca with Puno visible behind us....

....out on Lake Titicaca....(1)

....out on Lake Titicaca....(2)

....out on Lake Titicaca....(3)

....out on Lake Titicaca....(4)

....out on Lake Titicaca....(5)

....Islas Flotantes...the Floating Islands....(1)

....Islas Flotantes...the Floating Islands....(2)

....Islas Flotantes...the Floating Islands....(3)

....Islas Flotantes...the Floating Islands....(4)

....Islas Flotantes...the Floating Islands....(5)

....Islas Flotantes...the Floating Islands....(6)

....Islas Flotantes...the Floating Islands....(7)

....the colourful Uros people....

....a fishing pond on the island....

....a kitchen area....(1)

....a kitchen area....(2)

....ladies busy with their crafts....

....Tototura reed buildings....

....the island watch tower....

....on our way to Taquile Island....(1)

....on our way to Taquile Island....(2)

....on our way to Taquile Island....(3)

....on our way to Taquile Island....(4)

....the pathway across Taquile Island....(1)

....Puerto Alsuno at the north end of Taquile Island....

....the pathway across Taquile Island....(2)

....Carol and Sandy....

 

....locals on Taquile Island....

....on Taquile Island....(1)

....on Taquile Island....(2)

....on Taquile Island....(3)

....the gang at lunch at Samary Restaurant....

....on Taquile Island....(4)

....on Taquile Island....(5)

....on Taquile Island....(6)

....on Taquile Island....(7)

....Puerto Chilcano on the west side of Taquile Island....

....Barb and Nick on Taquile Island....

....on Taquile Island....(8)

....on Taquile Island....(9)

....arriving back in Puno....

....dogs on a roof in Puno....


Yesterday was a free day in Arequipa and we all went into the centre of town to shop, visit museums, revisit spots we saw the day before and just generally hang out. In the afternoon we made our way to the airport to catch our flight to Juliaca which is located at 3,822 metres above sea level and has the only commercial airport that serves the area of Lake Titicaca and its lakeside town of Puno which has a population of some 160,000 people...the air at this height (almost 12,500 feet) is quite thin and at night it definitely gets a little chilly...this morning we awoke to rain pouring down which would make our visit to Lake Titicaca and it's islands a little on the wet side....Lake Titicaca is famous for its islands....two of the regular variety and numerous "Islas Flotantes" or floating islands built by the Uros people....this culture started this way of life hundreds of years ago in an attempt to isolate themselves from the antagonistic Collas and Inca peoples....there are around 65 islands that have been built using layers and layers of tototura reeds that grow in the shallow areas of the lake...the deepest part of the lake is about 275 metres ....the islands are about two metres (seven feet) thick and the island cap is replaced about every 15 to 20 days as the bottom of the islands rot away in the water...the colourfully clad villagers are kept busy making sure they keep themselves afloat....the reeds are also used by the several hundred people who live on the islands to make their homes, boats and the handicrafts that are sold to the numerous tourists who visit....after our visit to the floating islands with a local guide Manuel, the rain began to subside as we made our way another three hours out on the lake and the sun came out as we landed at Puerto Alsuno on the north end of Isla Taquile... populated for many thousands of years by Quechua speaking people who have lived there largely without the modern trappings of the people on the mainland....they are also known for their tradition of being weavers...in particular the men make their own woolen hats which resemble Santa Claus' floppy hat....if the hats are red in colour, the men are married....the eligible bachelors wear hats which have a significant amount of white in them....the men learn to weave at a very early age and young boys of twelve years of age or so can be seen wearing hats with white in them that they have proudly woven themselves....we crossed from the north end of the island to the Plaza Principal located about one-third of the way down the island at 4,020 metres above sea level and stopped to visit the island's co-operative store and had lunch at the Samary Restaurant on their rooftop overlooking the island...after lunch we made our way down 545 steps to Puerto Chilcano on the west side of the island where we caught our boat for the return trip to Puno where we were staying at LaCasona Hotel...after dinner at Ekekos Restaurant everyone turned in......we have an early morning as we're off to Cuzco....



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