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January 7, 2006 – A journey to Puno and Lake Titicaca, Peru in South America


Floating Villages

Puno is Puno - a little lakeside town by Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. There's nothing much to do in Puno except wander around, and try a few snacks here and there. The main attraction is taking an excursion to the islands on Lake Titicaca, which is what Rick and I did.

We took the full day excursion (costed 25 soles or $8 USD) with 20+ other people, which dropped us off at a couple of the floating islands (made of tortora reeds) in Uros and at Taquile Island. The people living on the floating islands are not of Incan descent, but of another indigenous group, namely the Uros. They have been intermixing with the Aymara people though. Both were fascinating places to visit.



on one of the floating islands of Uros, about 3 to 4 families live on each one


two indigenous island girls in front of the first entrance on Taquile Island


two knitting men (there are knitting women too) at the foot of the main plaza entrance - Taquile is known for high quality textiles, handknitted and handwoven




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