A trip across to the reed islands
Trip Start Jun 11, 2008
349Trip End May 14, 2009
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It was a really good trip actually - a bit touristy, but not as bad as some people have made out, maybe it was due to the time of year.
We went to an island called Isla Manco Cacho first. Five families lived on this island and welcomed us immediately. We were then educated on how the islands are made, how the houses are built, everyday life and the food they eat. We even got to try eating the reeds and their home-made bread. It was a really interesting time. They even explained how they anchor the island in place and how they could just up anchor and float the whole island to another part of the lake if they fell out with the neighbours! How awesome would that be, to be able to sneakily float away from the in-laws overnight!!
Funny thing is though, the Peruvian government has now recognised the Uros people and so extra funding is available to them (in return for taxes of course). But this means that some of the islands now have solar panels and cable TV which takes away a bit of the mystique, but it was funny rather than ridiculous.
Lorna bought herself a hand-made necklace from one of the families, which was really nice.
We then sailed over to an island that had been created to hold a little mini-market, a small restaurant and some guest accommodation if you wanted to stay overnight. It was all pretty cool.
We then sailed back to the mainland and had a walk around Puno. It's a really nice town actually and not just there for the Reed Islands. In the evening, we chilled in front of the TV again and had some more chicken & chips - very bad people! We also got packed as we are off again tomorrow morning.