Trip Start Jun 13, 2006
177Trip End Jun 12, 2007
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are built using many layer of the buoyant totora reeds, which grow in abundance in the shallow areas of the lake
inhabitants (the Uros) anchor their floating homes in their desired
location by pegging the islands to the lake bed (in shallow areas) with
rope etc. It was another trump card for Peru - seeing the islands, the reed boats, and the people who live here was another amazing experience. The rest of South America is going to have to work hard if one of the remaining countries is going to knock Peru off our "top country" list!
After the Islas Flotantes we traveled across a stretch of the lake to Isla Taquile, one of the islands situated on Lake Titicaca. We spent a few hours on the island, walking it's coast line and having lunch. It is a beautiful island and both Alex and I felt that we were in Italy or some Mediterranean island, rather than in the middle of South America. From Isla Taquile we headed back to Puno arriving late afternoon. In the evening, as it was our last night in Peru, we pushed the boat out and went out for another posh meal (there goes the budget!). We went to a really nice restaurant in Puno and splashed out on wine, and even dessert! It was a really nice way to finish our time in Peru. Tomorrow - the dizzy heights of Bolivia!