Trip Start Apr 19, 2008
4Trip End Apr 30, 2008
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The next day we went on a boat tour to both the Floating Islands and Isla Taquile. The floating islands are one of the coolest things I've ever seen. There are 40 islands and they are all man-made entirely from reeds. Once upon a time, the natives of the area didn't have any land, so they took to the water and made these islands
From there the boat brought us 2 hours out into the lake to Isla Taquile. The people of this island have their own customs and culture. They knit hats and weave belts and you know whether the person is single, married, or an official based on their hat, belt, or shawl. Here we had an excellent lunch of frech trout (probably caught that day) and the family did traditional dance which I was asked to be part of... ha ha. I got to the dance with one of the island officials, too!
The next day we wandered around Puno, and since the people were protesting, everything was closed. I bought WAY too many souvenirs (most presents, in my defense), and El and I went on a paddle boat ride in a boat that had a huge Eagle head on the front. I didn't get a picture unfortunately.