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Travel Blogs from Puno
... to go out to the furthest island and do a home stay. We hoped to see her again in Cuzco. Kimberly and I decided to take the next ferry out to the Islands of Uros. This is a pretty cool group of man-made islands made of floating reeds. The ferry took us to one island where we were greeted by the president of the island who explained how the islands were made and what life was like on the islands. The ground is very squishy as there are many layers of reeds. It was ...
... arm down into the reed layers to demonstrate where the water level lay. Before his elbow disappeared, his forearm was dripping wet.
The islands will actually last 30 to 50 years, for at that point with so many layers of reeds they will have reached the bottom of the lake.
I guess the plus side of a movable, easily divisible island would be its ease ...
... the lake from the Bolivian side, it was now time to see it from the Peruvian side.
Despite having their vehicles blessed, drivers from Bolivia are not allowed work in Peru (and vice versa) there is a significant transition of human cargo from buses, cars, trucks, etc. at the small border post at one edge of the lake. After one stamp in the passport (and about ten stamps on other random pieces of paper sitting on the border officials desk- ...
... me home as I had
not brought a torch.
Wasn’t allowed near the fire to dry off – had to change and
get into bed to try and get warm before dinner – OK soup and awful tasteless carb
only dinner of rice, pots and pasta. Straight to bed but even with all my dry
clothes and 4 blankets was too cold to sleep.
Got up and added another couple of blankets and wrapped a
sarong around my freezing feet and was eventually able to sleep.
... caveat of the hike was the cattle that grazed the land. Despite being in a national park, domestic cattle were permitted and left land mines with their cow pies. The pictures we captured of the magnificent lake are gorgeous, yet odd as they include a cow that looks photoshopped at 4300m who was chasing me for my sandwich. One of the highlights of Peru is Machu Picchu and the most famous route to the Incan wonder is hiking the Inca trail. The trail is regulated by ...