Floating on titicaca

Trip Start Nov 13, 2005
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Trip End Jul 13, 2006


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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Finally we crossed into Peru...

Im not really sure of what to expect of the next month or two here, but from the stories that we have heard it is supposed to be a wonderful and stunningly beautiful place that you can never get enough of.

Our first stop, Puno, which is very close to the bolivian border. So close in fact that its just on the other side of the lake to Copacabana in Bolivia.

We took a trip to the Uros ¨floating islands¨ on Titicaca today which was simply amazing. The islands themselves are made entirely of reed roots and many layers of leaves that has been built upon daily. The reed layers are approximately 3m deep and at any one time, the island is actually ¨floating¨and can be moved around like a boat if need be. The inhabitants of the islands are natives that have lived this way since pre inca times. I had no preconception of what each little island would be like, so it was amazing to see little island after island made out of what is essentially lake weed.
Apparently it takes about 3 months to build an island, and they live on the island until it starts to sink, an then they build another. One of the islands that we visted was 6 years old, and it was a bit strange to be walking on the island, especially since it wasnt solid and the water was a cold 10 degrees...

Some more exciting news is that we have officially decided to include the gallapagos islands on our trip.. a decision that will cost us about 1200US each, but in our minds very very worth it... unfortunetly though, we wont be passing back through BsAs on the way to europe, upsetting because we are truely going to miss argentinian food, shopping and wine. Imagine, no more morcilla until I next decide to return to argentina... Sigh.. oh well the seals and the turtles of the gallapogas better be worth it!
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