Lake Titikaka

Trip Start Jun 11, 2013
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Trip End Jul 12, 2013


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Flag of Peru  , Puno,
Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Met two Argentinian girls (Florencia and Leticia from Rosario) on the bus from Arequipa to Puno, both were awesome girls and I had no plans so decided to join them in a taxi at five in the morning to use a hotel to hold our things whilst we visited the Uros islands. They arranged for me to join them on an overnight trip to Tanquile Island and got me a great deal by saying I was from Argentina over the phone. Amazing how different the price for everything was when he thought I was from South America!
Both girls were very touchy feely which I enjoyed as sometimes travelling can be contact free. We met two Argentinian guys called Santiago and Hernan who I will go for a beer with when I visit the Buenos Aires. The five of us alongside around 15 others climbed aboard a motor boat and set off for the Uros Islands.

The Uros Islands are made only of reeds that are added to every month to sustain the islands. The people who live there are incestual but friendly and took us on a reed boat where Inca Man and his red cape came alive again. I loved being in the girls company they were always positive and smiling.

After the Uros Islands we visited Amanti where an annual celebration is held with all 20000 of the different islands occupants on the 21/6 due to Inti Raymi. We stayed on this island in a gorgeous little family home, visited the sun temple for sunset and drank cusqueña lager at an indigenous disco that involved dancing around like an idiot locking arms and swinging people around, extremely energetic and after a long day the five of us decided to leave after an hour and chill out playing I have never.

The following day i motored the boat to Tanquile Island, some tasty trout overlooking the beautifully vibrant lake and a thorough explanation of the islands from a fantastic guide called Zac (for short). The lake is 60% Peruvian and 40% Bolivian, is the highest navigable lake on the planet and its occupants refuse to give up land to outside parties no matter what price is offered, refreshing. They solely live off the land and even though living in modest accommodation by global standards see themselves as rich.
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