For my Mam ...Lake Titicaca, Islands & Puno xxx
Trip Start Sep 24, 2010
46Trip End Sep 24, 2011
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It was the first real day of sun in days so I took full advantage and sat on the top deck of the boat and soaked up the sunshine. The lake was amazing ....green sundazed islands where ancient agrarian communites live alongside the chaos of the international marketplace in Puno. The lake shimmered with a distinctive navy blue colour while its gemlike shores where like paradise
Just 5km East of Puno and around a 30 min boat ride, we approach the amazing floating islands which are Lake Titicaca's top tourist attaction. They are built with the reeds that grow abundantly in the shallows of the lake and are an amazing site to see. The people on this island not only use the reeds to make their homes, their boats and crafts they sell to tourists but they are also edible! I did take the offer to taste and well ......could only describe them as tasting like lettuce! We stayed on our floating island for around an hour and got to try on traditional dress and look at their crafts.....although i said i wouldnt buy ....i couldnt resist myself and the hospitality of the the local people made is somewhat rude not to.
So, we took a ride in one of the handmade river boats to the other side where we met our ferry then boarded again for our next island, Amantani which was round a 3hr ride away. I took the opportunity to study some spanish for my test on Monday!. My visit to Amantani was going to be a memorable one, I had opted for a home stay with the islanders
This island really was amazing and the local people, who mainly speak Quechua, walked us down and waved us goodbye as we set off. Another unforgettable night. Our next island, Taquile was only an hour away ...so again, i opened up my Spanish books and studied for my next the next morning. I met a lovely couple on this trip, Dee and Jim from Washington DC. An older retired couple who had a wealth of travel experience and whose company i enjoyed very much. We arrived at the Island of Taquile which is a tiny island populated only by 2000 people. Again Quechua speaking and had a strong sense of group identity and a fascinating tradition of handicrafts. The men wear woolen hats, which they knit themselves, and have a strong social symbolism. Red hats if they are married and red and white hats if they are single. Taquile women weave thick waistbands for their husbands. Women wear eyecatching outfits and these are all considered to be some of the best and most well made traditional clothes in Peru. We had a steep climb to make it up to the Plaza and then downward trek on over 500 steps to make it to our boat at the other side of the island. This island, again, was truly amazing!
So, we boarded the boat for our 3hr ride back to Puno and again, studying spanish and speaking with the lovely American couple i had met on my trip. As Suzy and I disembarked the boat and headed into Puno for a look around, we were met with hundreds of traditional dancers and music. We had headed straight into one of their many folkloric fiestas celebrating a Catholic feast day. Accompanying the dancers, their wonderful costumes were drums and percussion instruments that date back to Inca times. I didnt think that this trip could have got any better .....but i was wrong. What a way to finish off a truly amazing and unforgettable weekend. The night bus left Puno at 9.30pm but little sleep was had, my head was buzzing with the traditonal Incan music, colourful outfits and jaw-dropping sites I had just witnessed over the last two days. xxx