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Another early start when our guide, Ivan, picks us up at 6.15am. I still have a nagging headache from the altitude which will not go away. It is only a short ride to the harbour where we board our boat. Our tour group compromises another Aussie couple from the Central Coast and three Canadians who are originally from the Philippines. There are also two other guides on board, one with the Spanish couple who were on our Lima tour and another ...
... that they have black blood because they did not feel the cold. They also call themselves “Lupihaques” (Sons of The Sun). Nowadays, Uros do not speak the original language, nor practice their old beliefs, but do keep some old customs.
The purpose of the island settlements was originally defensive, and if a threat arose they could be moved. The largest island retains a watchtower almost entirely constructed of reeds.
... to the lake bed to keep them from moving. The houses are built higher than ground level by using, surprisingly, totora underneath to try to keep humidity out. Houses get moved every 6 months to replace the foundation and will get a new roof at the same time.
The main source of food is found in and on the the lake through fishing and hunting ducks. Fish were traditionally speared with a sharp stick but now they use the more conventional ...
... little girl.
We are traveling on the boat with a younger crowd, and to
start with we feel affronted that the two of us are given our own guide so we
can travel at our own speed, but the tour operators knew best!
Later we found out later that Scenic Tours, who also
explore this region, won’t take their mostly our age guests ...
... another steep incline.
What a beautiful island, with another fascinating culture – quite different to the previous two islands. They still follow the traditional pre-Inca ways of running things. Elders control the laws
of the island, and any misdemeanors are dealt with by them. Virtually no crime as everyone helps each other. They did have a policeman forced on them once, but he was so much more trouble than them with his drinking ...
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