Trip Start Aug 26, 2009
76Trip End Jun 24, 2010
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The next day we went on a tour to the floating islands on Lake Titicaca. We were not really sure what to expect but were pleasantly surprised with what we found. The islands are fascinating. They basically came about when the Uros people had a disagreement on the land and decided to move to the lake! They still live there today although most of the younger generations have moved to the mainland. The children get the boat to school and some adults go across to the mainland to work
When we arrived we were instantly amused by the kids running about playing and also the traditional costumes of the people. Most of them were selling crafts but were really friendly and tried teaching us some of the Aymara language. We were kept entertained by a very small girl chasing the other kids with a very big stick! We then took the reed boat across to another island. The boat was so intricately made it was like a work of art. We were also treated by the musical voices of two of the small boys on the way, with a great rendition of the classic 'Row, Row, Row Your Boat'. It was a great experience and we were on our way back just before a massive storm. Next stop, Arequipa.