Lake Titicaca

While we were in Puno we had a day trip out on Lake Titicaca.

We visited the floating islands, aka the Uros Islands. These islands are made out of reeds and literally float on the surface. If the people don't like where they are, they can pull up anchor and shift them. They need to keep replacing the reeds as the old ones rot away, layering them up as needed.

It was interesting to see how they live on the islands, but I was feeling a little uncomfortable. Walking around and taking photos felt almost exploitive at times, but they were very friendly and understanding, I suppose they get a lot of tourists like us.

Then we headed for Taquile, staggering up to the top for a very nice lunch and a quite lesson on how the locals dress. If you know the codes, you can tell if someone is single, married, eligable, how long they've been married, basically anything you wanted to know. The courting ritual was interesting as well.

If a guy likes a girl, he gets to toss a small stone at her back. She then turns around, if she likes what she sees, the two of them will live together for a year. If that works out, they will get married, if it doesn't work out, they then go their seperate ways. If they do get married, they marry for life. There is no such thing as devorce on the island. It sounds to me like a very practical system.

The return trip was slow and there was much playing of cards. We discovered a certain person (no names to protect the innocent) was slightly challenged when it came to playing honestly. However once their unorthodox playing style was discovered, they were watched like hawks.

The Uros people showing off how they build their floating islands on Lake Titicaca
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Then the ladies gave us a demonstration of bartering
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Jansen and Heather go native on Lake Titicaca
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Jansen, Heather and one of the locals
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This is one their gardens - all floating over a lot of feet of water
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You get the option for a very touristy boat ride (we politely declined)
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Each island has its own group waiting for their corresponding batch of tourists
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These are the reeds they use
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Boats are the only way to get around
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Ralph and Heather on Lake Titicaca
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Ralph and Heather again
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Manuel and Tina, working hard
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Tina has a bout of activity
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Then she goes back to holding the cushions down again
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First glimpse of the Island of Taquile on Lake Titicaca
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Entrance gate to Taquile Island
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The walk up to the main square almost killed me
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A bit over 2000 people live on the island
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And cows don't seem to have a problem with the altitude
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This is another one I recognise from gardens back home
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Bell tower of the church in the main square
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One of the entrances to the main square
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Kei and Netsumi at Tequile Island
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The bell tower may need some work done to it
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Some of the locals
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Lunch - (trout)
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Having lunch on Tequile
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Walking back down to the lake was a lot easier than walking up
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And we could admire the views
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A different entrance gate
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Notice the rather unique hinges on the gate
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Still walking down
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Some of the boats the islanders use
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Our boat with everyone on the sun deck
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Ralph, Jansen, Netsumi and Manuel playing cards on the way back
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Heading back through the reeds
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It sometimes isn't as deep as you think it is
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