Lake Titicaca Excursion

Trip Start Dec 27, 2009
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Trip End Mar 03, 2010


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Friday, January 8, 2010

We srtarted off our Lake Titicaca Adventure with an overnight bus from
Cusco. It left at 10pm and arrived in Puno, Peru at 5 am. The tour
company was amazing- They picked us up from the bus station and took us
to there house. From there they gave us mate de coca and coffee and
breakfest then even let us sleep in there spare room till 8 am when the
tour started.

 From there we boarded a boat and left for a 2 day one
night tour of 3 islands on Lake Titicaca. The day couldnt have been
better! Our first stop was the floating Uros islands. These island
were made completely out of reeds. How cool!! The ground was really
musshy and i guess there are some spots you can fall through. We took a
ride on a reed boat and learned about how people lived on these
islands. Today it seems they are only for tourism, but they made super
awesome crafts and I bought a moblie made from reeds. I met the
president of the island of 20 people and he showed me his house. How
impressive...lol. The water around the island was over 20 meters deep.
We got to visit 2 floating islands. I got soo many cool photos.


From there we went to Island Amantani were we met our host family who we
would stay with for the next night. The rooms were actually a lot nicer
then expected. The doors were so small because the islanders are short.
They prepared 3 meals for us all vegatiarian similar to meals they
would eat on a regualar basis. The meals were from all the crop the
locals grew on the island, potoates, quinoa, peppers..ect. All meals
started with a soup and then a main course. We got to eat with them
and see there whole house. The outhouse was something else.. It was
weird and interesting, I checkedotu the kitchen, witch was seperate from
the main house. It was sut coated from the woodburing stove and had
around 20 guiena pigs runnig free around on the floor. I guess the
locals here rarely eat the animals, but use them to cure desieases by
putting them in a bag and rubbing the bag whereever they have pain. The
family was great.  Towards the end of the day we hiked to a
scared temple at the top of the island to watch the sunset. The hills
were all covered with terraced gardens. We sat down to watch the sunset
and Nick acciidently sat on a ant hill of HUGE black ants! Luckly he
didnt get bit. The view was incredible with beautiful cloud formations.
That night the locals through a fiesta for us and made us dress in
their traditional clothes. The all taught us how to dance how they do,
which wasnt anything hard..lol. they just rock back and fourth.

The next morning we left the families and visited Taquile island. On our
way a huge storm came in. We spotted some water spouts coming down from
the sky to the lake..yikes! and lightining and hail. We thought the
guide was crazy since he wanted us to hike for over an hour in this
weather. The storm passed quick and we hiked around the gorgeous
island.
 


We returned to Puno that afternoon. Puno was a very dirty town that didnt seem safe. Before
nightfall Nick and I grabbed a few cheap empanadas. On our way back to the hostle we observed tons of peope gathered in the main square holding and buying plastic babies and cradles. To make it weireder the babys were really ulgy and came in all different sizes and older people had them. I asked the hostel the reasoning behind the babies. They are brought to chruch as a symbol of baby jesus to get blessed. This is done on the last day of a Christmas Celebration.
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