Peru 12

It is Thursday, the 17th of November, and our day to visit the floating islands of Lake Titicaca.....

The busses and cars of Peru produce unbelievable levels of pollution.

So do the boats.

Our boat had a Chinese built diesel.

A typical "Floating Island".

The indigenous live on these islands fulltime.

The tradition started hundreds of years ago, during a major war.

Building and living on floating islands was their way to escape the war.

Sandy, trying to get her "Floating Island" footing.

It is very strange to walk on the islands, which are from 3 to 6 feet thick. 

The surface flexes and moves as you walk.

This Father and Son gave a 30 minute presentation of life on the islands and how the islands are built.
The Father also explained how the boats are built.  The boats, built entirely of reeds, last for approximately 7 to 9 months.

But, there have been construction improvements that permit the boats to now last for 2 years.

Inside the reed tubes they now use about 3,000 empty plastic soda bottles for floatation.

Kind of wished he hadn't told us that!

They grind their grains with this 20 pound rock.

No, she is not sinking through the reed island, she is seated....

The proud boat owner.

This is the boat upon which Sandy and I traveled to another "Floating Island".

The figure, on the head of the boat, is the symbolic "Puma".

The Father had a delightful smile.
The kids were sure cute.....

Sandy, cheating on Hannah (our granddaughter).

The "Puma".
I told Sandy, that a boat built with over 3,000 empty Pepsi bottles doesn't require any "Emergency Floatation Devices".

I am not sure she bought it.....

The people of each island wore different colors. 

The women on this island wore only pink and blue.

Typical Lake Titicaca Cruiser.....

Typical Lake Titicaca village...
After our visit to the floating islands, we were now heading to the non-floating island of Taquile.

It took 2 additional hours to get to Island Taquile.

The island had a very "Greek/Mediterranean" feeling to it...

The language used on the island is Quechua.

This island was about 6 km long and 1 km wide.

The entire island is terraced.

We had to hike about 1 mile and climb about 600 feet.

Sounds easy, but at 12,500 feet, it is a slow go......

The arched entryway to the only village on the island.
We had lunch in this home.

The trip started at 7:30 am, when we were picked up by a taxi, then boarded the boat, then taken to the floating islands, then another 2 hours to this island.

Then served lunch, and then the 3 hour boat ride back to Puno.

Then at 6:00 pm, a taxi ride back to the Hotel.

TOTAL COST... $13.00 per person!

The home where we had lunch, with Lake Titicaca in the background....
After lunch we crossed the island on foot, then descended 549 steps (about 600 feet), back to the boat, which was relocated to the other side of the island.

If you look very closely, you can see the steep trail down from the top of this island.

A local, collecting reeds to build his island.  It is a continuous process.

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