Movable Islands

Trip Start Feb 07, 2006
Trip End Aug 07, 2006

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Friday, May 26, 2006

Make sure to check out Andrea's Travel Blog for more stories and photos of our trip!


It was time for another country. Peru was next on the schedule, leaving behind some great experiences in Bolivia.

The first thing I noticed when we arrived in Puno, the small city on the shore of lake Titicaca, was that people smiled here! In Bolivia, it was tough to get anyone to smile and trying to take their photo was even harder!

In Peru, that all changed, people smiled back at you when you said "Buenos Dias!" and taking photos of people was hardly the problem it was in Bolivia.

Although it seems like a small thing, it goes a long way to feeling welcome in country!

Reed Islands

For our short stay in Puno we spent one day on the lake. First we visited odd Islands made out of layers of thousands of thin reeds.

The people who inhabited the islands ( apparently which had been for 1200 years! ) made floating islands out of reeds to escape violence on the main land. These days, the inhabitants clearly make their living off of tourists ( and some fishing too ).

Not being able to keep live stock and crops on an Island made of lose reeds makes options for commerce limited.

Walking around on the reeds doesn't feel as solid as the main land. The squishy ground felt like walking on a water bed.

I have to admit, I never realized just how versatile reeds were. They made houses, schools, Islands and boats from thousands of tightly bound green reeds.

Pretty crafty them reed people.

Initially I thought it would be very cheesy but it turned out to be quite interesting and certainly unique!

Have a look at the photos.
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gogan on

Well told!
The story is nicely told, the pic are simply great, the tempo is like a breeze. Super. Would be Excellent if you gave some financial orientation.

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