Lake Titicaca

Trip Start Aug 11, 2010
Trip End May 21, 2011

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Flag of Bolivia  , La Paz,
Tuesday, September 28, 2010

From the quaint town of Copacabana, we boarded an incredibly slow boat to the island of Isla Del Sol, within the famous and 160 km long Lake Titicaca. It was strange being at the very high altitude of 3600m and not being able to look down upon anything. It was also difficult to comprehend that the big blue lake that stretched out for miles was not the sea and in fact we were a long way above sea level. We walked the entire length of the island and after 4 hours of looking at Incan terraces, green hills and the perfect blue of the lake, we caught the returning ferry to the mainland.

The following day we travelled across the border into Peru to Puno. After a 4 hour journey it was amazing that we were still by the shores of the lake. From Puno we took an afternoon boat to the famous floating islands of Uros. The inhabited islands were initially created by an indigenous community to avoid oppressors and to maintain their freedom. The islands are made entirely of reeds and each island holds a several families. As we visited later on in the afternoon, we were lucky enough to view the sunset on the lake with mountains further in the distance.

Our day in Puno was a busy one as we managed to squeeze in a visit to the interesting coca museum (where a bit of dressing up in traditional costume was involved), a chocolate cake, a walk around the crazy streets where people were parading in support of the candidates they liked for the upcoming election, a lovely dinner and then we got another night bus direct to Cusco. At the bus station we bumped into the Danish couple again by coincidence- they were getting the same bus!
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