Lake Titicaca

Lake Titicaca lies between Perú and Bolivia and is claimed to be the highest navigable lake in the world. It is a great place to visit and has both artificial and natural islands.

The artificial islands, known as the Floating Islands of the Uros, are constructed from totora reeds which grow close to the shore. The Uro people also build boats from the same reeds. They are a friendly people and seem keen to show off their way of life.

From the floating islands, we set off to the natural island of Amantani, where we were to stay overnight, lodging with local families. I was allocated to the same family as, Del, a solo traveller from the USA and Wen, a young lady from Malaysia, also travelling alone. The accommodation can best be described as basic but the families were very friendly and also protective. They also provided us with our meals.

After lunch, we rested, before being led by our guide, Ruben, on an ascent to the summit where we were able to view a magnificent sunset.

After viewing the sunset, we stumbled back down the hillside to our accommodation where we were fed and then dressed in local garb, before being escorted to a local party, where there was traditional music and dancing.

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4 thoughts on “Lake Titicaca

  1. nice photo’s Pete, looks a very interesting place, although very different to what we are used to, Its amazing what we all take for granted, and describe as normal for our way of life, yet others live their lives completely different, its a small world, as they say, but from one end to another, there are a lot of differences, good or bad is questionable, take care mate…….

    • Hi Jeff, thanks for your comment.
      Values and life expectations vary a great deal, even from floating island to natural island or the mainland. I did leave out the pictures of the solar panels, though, as I thought people might see them as a luxury.

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