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We had a early rise and travelled by boat out to the reed islands of Lake Titicaca . I was really surprised at how extensive this whole area is. The population is about 1200, about 10 years ago the population was close to 8000. The decline is the result of the secondary school children being educated on the main land. When they have finished school very few return to this way of life. It's ...
... who were outside selling heir handcrafts. Each island is tiny and I wonder how they ensure that the small children don't fall off into the lake as it would be very easy to do. We then all hopped on a reed row boat for a short ride to a neighbouring island where there were more crafts on sale. We then headed further into the lake to Taquile Island. We had quite a long walk up to the top of the island which is over 4,000m above sea ...
... floating islands (Uros, Taquille, etc.),which I have to say are pretty amazing. Again, I won’t bore you with the whole story here, but essentially two of the main indigenous tribes here essentially BUILT islands out of reeds on the lakes. When their populations grow they make more islands out of these natural materials. It is absolutely fascinating. People live on the island and some guide ...
... to the island called Taquille which reminded us a bit of a Greek island. Walking on the island was pretty hard because it was a very steep climb. When we reached the village square we again came across another civil celebration. Again the national anthem, bands playing and everyone dressed in their traditional costumes. We had lunch provided at a local's restaurant where we got to try trout. This has been introduced ...
... an airport
hotel, en route for te Iguassu Falls on the Brazil/Argentina border.
Looking ahead to the future, we are seriously going to
have to give up this constant moving on every day or two, and especially the hotel
wake up calls at 5am!
Being used to living in a home exchanged house on holiday
for a week or two at a time, ...