Santa Maria Inn Puno
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... as being infested with trout from Canada and kingfish from Argentina which since being introduced have killed off most of the local species of fish which were the staple of the Aimara people. We had a wonderful time on the Islands and were warmly welcomed by the locals. Fortunately some of them spoke some English and some Spanish although the majority use their indigenous language which has a soft lilting sound. All in all a wonderful morning ...
... churches and the rise from their pious ashes of the "Social Gospel" ideology, aggressively underwritten by important industrialists, who intertwined church-going tightly with standards of business, entertainment, and government. The experience of religion came to mean, in the words of Reverend Earl Hoon, "the best social programs money can buy." A clear statement of the belief that social justice and salvation were to be had through skillful consumption.
... thing the man does is introduce himself and offer that we can take pictures of the girls and the car. Maybe tourist police is supposed to be a tourist attraction by itself here. In Llachon we stay with Valentin and his wife. Valentin is doing some carpentry when we arrive and his wife is cracking quinoa for the soup. While they are preparing our room we have lunch in the sun and look around a bit. There is a beautiful view of the lake all the way to Puno, 35 km across ...
... height: normal;">Puno lies on lake Titikaka*, the highest navigable lake in the world! Sadly, navigable may be a strong word since all the boats we took on the lake (even the "speed boat") moved at a snail's pace. The lake is famous for it's floating islands, where the Uros people live. Legend has it that the Uros were escaping Inca aggression when they began living on these floating islands (thus repeating the sad story of reed people the world over).