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Travel Blogs from Puno
... Monopoly. Instead of buying streets, you buy football teams. We had a few spectators during the game as many kids came to watch and laugh at our abysmal Spanish. Of course the whole game was in Spanish and the 3 hours left at the airport flew by in a haze of laughter and competition with poor Jess not managing so well and Kathy and I raking home the winnings. The game ended when Jess threw the remnants of her money onto the board and demanded that we have ...
... 15 minute boat ride away, and once dropped off at the first island, our guide gave us a small demonstration on how the islands are made and a bit of the culture which was interesting. After that, things got a bit awkward. While our guide was talking, some of the local women were setting up their selling stations. When the group was set free to roam around the small island, people were being pulled left right and center into some of the small homes (huts) to try on ...
... understated tourist scene, and leave it at that.
It had been a long ride interspersed with highlights and perhaps a few low lights, but we finally arrived in Puno as the evening shadows lengthened. Our balcony room view of Lake Titicaca as the sun slid behind the far mountains promised good things to come on the morrow.
... we climbed to the plaza at the top of the island to have lunch. Taquille island is recognised by UNESCO for its high quality weaving which is only done by the males. After lunch we started returning towards Puno where we stopped off at Luquina Chico Village for our Homestay. The locals dressed us up in traditional clothing and taught us their local dance. We then went with our local family ...
... and then use cut and dried reeds to lay on top of them to
form the floor of the islands. They have to put a new layer of reeds down every
three days as they rot (they stink of fermenting reeds) and the average island
will last 9 years before they have to start making a new one, which takes about
a year. They have their own language, Aymara, which doesn’t sound like anything
else, so our guide had to translate it all in to English and Spanish for us. It