Imagine your house floats!
Trip Start Nov 28, 2011
157Trip End Apr 09, 2013
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We booked ourselves tickets for the 2pm bus towards Puno. Puno will be the first city in Peru were we will stay, because from this city, we want to visit the Islas Flotantes. After a short ride, we had to get our exit stamps from the Bolivian migration office and 20 meters further we collected our entry stamps from the Peruvian migrations. Peru has a time-difference with Bolivia of -1 hour, so with Europe we are now 7 hours back (or ahead as some of you might argue :) We changed some money into the local currency with is the new soles. 1 Dollar is about 2.64 soles.
We arrived in Puno and got a recommendation of a hotel American Inn
Puno is not that beautiful (definitely not), but with its floating islands, it is one of the biggest and most touristy spots of Peru, after Machu Picchu and the Nazca Lines.
The next morning we went to the islands, Uros. The floating islands are 100% made out of reed (thatched) and on average island are living approx 3 families. The average island is around 12 meters long and 10 wide. The floor needs to be maintained continuously because this is exposed to water and air. We know it all because we as well got the 'how to make a floating island' instruction. Right. Thinking about making one in the backyard of our place; on the lake ;)
The reed they need for all their islands, houses and even boats are cultivated nearby. Only some basic food ingredients are imported from the main-land and there is a boat-supermercado that is coming to the islands to sell those little things
Around 2500 people are living continuously on these islands and their main income in of course tourism. They do have their own schools (for the youngest) a basic health centre and a post-office on the water.
After visiting one family on their island, we were transported on the traditional way to another bigger island there even is a restaurant and a small snack shop.
Back in Puno, we arranged everything for the next day, our trip to Cusco. Just after breakfast we will leave with the bus and enjoy great views until arriving in the late afternoon