Puno and Lake Titicaca
Trip Start Aug 23, 2008
19Trip End Sep 28, 2008
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Anyway...my last few notes that I did before I faded off into camera only mode were....
Only a couple of days left now in Peru which I must admit has been nothing like I expected. Relaxing despite all the dire warnings of theft and thugs on the internet - whatever - people are generally lovely and it is not a country that gives out a sense of a threatening vibe as we went about our business.
Actually at home my mind hadnt got much past the usual shots of MPicchu and the Amazon which is all we are shown to represent Peru on the TV travel shows. The deserts were amazing and the colours everywhere wonderful - so yep Peru a definite win destination for anyone picking a holiday spot. I guess I must remind myself of the only negative though... the altitude... oh well.. nowhere is perfect I guess...hee
So 6 hours to Puno which is close to the border of Bolivia and sits at the edge of Lake Titicaca, the world's highest commercially navigable lake, at 3,860 m.
It turned out that every school in the district from both primary and secondary was involved in this one...geez!!
We were told that the people fish during fishing season and then they have the option of accepting tourist boats on the off season for extra income. Some have decided to keep their privacy and do not accept visitors... the others are racking it in!..heee. We asked about the kids and were told they catch a boat each morning to Puno for school.
It was an interesting couple of hours although it felt touristy.. it is supposedly still genuinely how the island operates or have operated for hundreds of years...house, animal wise that is.. (minus satelite dishes of course...) just the tourist boats each morning has changed the dynamics..
Everything was made of the lake reads even the boats, and it was interesting to see the cute guinea pig hutch and playground until we remembered thats their favourite dish - so obviously its their food supply..ohhhhhhhh
The day then took a turn for the worse as we reboarded the boat for a boring 3 hour journey to the island of Taquile, (Isla Taquile) in the middle of Lake Titicaca. Knitting and textile arts have been practiced for thousands of years by both the men and women here.
The coop gave us lunch and then we had a 10 minute talk about their unique code of living on the island, then a couple of songs for us tourists which was of course followed by the "handicrafts for sale" part of the trip.
Rob and I are a bit over the supporting every community in Peru at the moment so just wandered off back to the boat..... for another 3 boring hours back to Puno... what made the trip more stressful was it was a big beautiful cruise boat with a V8 motor in it and we were doing about 10klm an hour.. with tinnies dragging us off.
Its always the same in the poorer countries... every dollar (or soles..hee) counts but time is free... so he obviously was saving ever drop of petrol and rob and I knew that it was no good hoping it suddenly gun it and get us back quicker. Rob was getting so shitty he was tempted to go and give him 50 soles just to get him to actually use his lovely V8..sigh..
Tomorrow onto Copacabana and La Paz...(yes but not "that" Copacabana... I think thats in Rio)...
Where I stayed
Hostal Wary Naryra