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We left our hotel in Puno early in the morning. We join another group of about 10 persons for this 2 days tour on Lake Titicaca. Our transport from the hotel to the port was so fun. Its a kind of taxi powered by a guys on its bicycle and there are place to sit for 2, in front.
Once in the port, we jumped into a boat that has about 30 seats, a roof and even a toilet. The first boat ride last 2 hours. The view on surroundings mountains and islands was great!
The first destination was an island called Taquile.
The community living on this island live from agriculture and tourism. Their cloths are very colourful. They have strange tradition for mariage; the first 3 days of mariage, they have to knee without moving while their invitees do fiesta. People have fun at other people mariage, not at their own… Surprisingly, they still all want to get married.
The next island, we went to, was the one where we stayed overnight. It was not an hotel, we stayed with a hosting family, we helped them getting patatos from the ground, get the kinoa, bring the sheeps and lamas from the hills. We also played soccer with local people. I can tell, I ran out of breath very quickly.
We also had to dress like local people for the group dinner. It was great!
This place had no heating, limitted lightning, the bedroom main/outdoor door was made of a simple piece of metal on a wood frame. Hopefully, our beds had heavy layers of bed sheets and we didn’t froze to death even if the temperature dropped between 3 and 5c during the night. 🙂
Quite a nice experience to me.
On the second day, we had breakfast with our hosting family and then had to go back to the boat. On that second day, we visited the Uros floating island. This civilisation use a plant called “reef” to build the floor of the island. It’s a 3 meters tick of that material that is use to support the weight of houses, and peoples living there. They even do recuperation of thousand of plastic bottle to build their boat. It’s impressive.
Recently they invested in solar panel to have some electricity as candles were a bit dangerous on these highly inflammable island. They are anchored to the bottom of the lake to avoid the wind to move them around on the lake.
I made many new friends from Australia, England and New York.
It was a great tour!
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