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Nov 18, 2011 - Uros Island

FLOATING ISLANDS ON LAKE TITICACA This is not a trip to sleep in! Up at 6:30 am and out to the port by 7:30 to take a boat to the different islands on Lake Titicaca. We took a local bike taxi to get there. It poured rain and then hailed! The rainy season has begun. But we were prepared with our rain gear and rain ponchos. Lake Titicaca is at an elevation of 3800m. It is the highest navigatable fresh water lake in the world. Our first stop was at the Uros Islands. Uros people describe their boyant life as living "between water and heaven"....

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Jul 21, 2011 - Lake Titicaca - Uros Islands

Lake Titicaca was beautiful, as amazing as I expected! And also cold! We had a very quick swim, which gave you brain freeze! We stayed with a family on the island, after helping the children with paper chains and making them masks to play with. Our language was a little difficult but there was some smiling and sign language. They took us for a dance, which seemed similar to line dancing. The next day we went to the reed islands, which last 40 years before they rot. People live all their lives on the islands making textiles etc to sell. One...

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Oct 30, 2010 - Lake Titicaca to Puno

After leaving our family this morning we were heading back to Puno stopping off at Uros Islands which are the floating reed islands. Quite a unique way of life. It is fascinating to think that they survive that way...although they do have solar power for the TV!! A big source of their income is from tourism. We returned to Puno for an afternoon of relaxation. The night involved a dinner at a restaurant with folk singing and dancing followed by a few drinks at a local bar to celebrate a group member`s birthday. He was turning 28. To be 28...

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Sep 30, 2009 - Lake Titicaca

Today we have devoted the full day cruising and visiting islands on Lake Titicaca. I have always wanted to visit the lake because of its cute name, and we eventually found out that it means Cat Stone. Also, the idea of visiting the floating islands - people living on man-made islands made by straws, always sounds very interesting to me. The day started very early and we have got picked up at our hotel at 6.45. However, due to the thinness of the curtain, I managed to wake up more than an hour before that and started packing our day bags...

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Aug 3, 2009 - Uros, Isle de Armatani and Isle de Taquilles,

Well I have had a fascincating two days on Laguna Titikaka. It was just so gorgeous. I went on a tour and the first stop was at Uros the floating islands. These islands are man made. The first people on these Islands were Polynesians. They were there before the Incas. They made these islands to protect themselves for defence. We were shown by the Islanders how these islands are made from soil and reeds that floats. Amazing. There is a population of people who still live on the Uros. they are Indigenous. they speak Aymara language and...

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Jun 13, 2009 - Lake Titicaca - Uros islands

June 13 Hopped on the boat this AM headed to the Floating Islands. Very touristy but unique at the same time. Short tour, took a ride on a reed boat and back on our boat heading to Taquile. (they changed the itinerary a little) Had lunch(Trout) on Taquile and watched some native dances before we toured the Island. After seeing the town square we got back on the boat for the 1 hr. ride to Amantani where we will have supper and spend the night.

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Brad's Peru Trip

Aug 30, 2008 - Floating Islands

Today, apparently, Saturday. I didn{t realize this important point until I noticed that most of the businesses around here are closed. It puts a wrinkle in my plans, but only a small one. This morning, I wanted to run some errands and also take a tour of the floating islands - the Uros Islands. So I got up and had breakfast before taking off. Breakfast was the normal bread and jam, but when the woman listed all the hot drinks I could choose from, she listed a tea I had never heard of. I figured I might as well try something new, so I...

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Jul 21, 2008 - Lake Titicaca - Uros Islands

We spent the day morning and afternoon on one of the islands on lake Titicaca, where we took a hour hike and had a traditional lunch cooked by local people who showed us what to expect at the party that evening! We arrived on a neighbouring island to be greeted by our homestay families. We was placed with a family that had 5 children and a small piece of land where they kept a few chickens, cows and pigs. The island was very untouristic and the experience was very humbling. This family had nothing materialistic to their name, and the...

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May 12, 2008 - Lake Titicaca

This morning was bright and early at 7am. We boarded these funny little 2 person bike jitneys and were taken down to the harbour to board our 2.5 hr boat ride (yuck) to the Uros floating islands. The Uros Indians were a people who moved out on Lk Titicaca in an effort to avoid the Incas over 800 yrs ago. They started off on boats .. the whole family living there ... and then eventually created these reed islands which house small family groupings .. and a very communal lifestyle. There are only 1800 of these Indians left 80% of which take...

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Aug 14, 2007 - Uros & Taquille Islands

Uros & Taquille Islands Arrgh. Yet another early start. Today we set off to visit the floating reed islands of the Uros people. We were collected from our hotel and taken to Puno harbour where we board a small pleasure boat / motor launch. This took us into the sheltered Titicaca bay about 1km from Puno and into the reed beds. As the dense reeds open out we could see a series of platforms. These turned out to be rather solidly constructed islands. We stopped at one and were warmly greeted by the inhabitants. The islands are constructed from...

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FlyingBones

Jun 22, 2007 - Lake Titicaca - Taquile Island

(Read Uros Island Entry first-- we visited Taquile Island on our second day of our Lake Titicaca trip) We returned home after the dance, slept, had an early breakfast, said good-bye to Celia and then departed to Taquile Island for the afternoon. We parked the boat on one side and hiked for an hour over the island to get to the center of the town where we had lunch. We then departed and are back in Puno for the night. Our group has decided to pay a little extra to rent a private bus for our ride into Bolivia tomorrow!

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Jun 22, 2007 - Lake Titicaca: Uros Islands

The last day in Cusco we went horseback riding for two hours. It was fun and only cost about 7 bucks. We also learned that Cameron Diaz was visiting Cusco last week when we where there! We planned to leave our hotel in Cusco at 7:30, and we eventually arrived at the bus station to board a public bus to Puno. The ride was supposed to last about 7 hours. We had to stop about every half hour. The bus driver kept filling up a water bucket and pouring it on some part of the bus! Eventually we made it into the bus station to board another bus to...

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