04/17/2008 - 04/18/2008
It's been a month since I traveled to Lake Titicaca and I'm only now posing some photos for you. Whoops.
I had wanted to stay in Arequipa for a few days longer, but when I found out that my lovely hotel was all booked up, I took it as a sign that it was time to move on. So I booked a bus to Puno and set up an overnight stay on the island of Taquile, on Lake Titicaca.
As you already heard, my bus ride out of Arequipa was a bit adventurous due to a local strike that shut down all the roads out of town. But I did finally make it to Puno, where I stayed overnight before taking a boat early the next morning to visit the reed islands of Uros and the island of Taquile. Puno wasn't a very interesting town, and I killed the evening reading at a cafe then grabbing a delicious alpaca steak at a local restaurant.
Lake Titicaca and Taquile, on the other hand, were very beautiful. Because of the very high altitude (3,827 meters, or 12,628 feet) and negligible pollution, the colors were extraordinarily vibrant and clear.
After a 30 minute boat ride, we stopped at the reed islands of Uros. They were interesting...the reed "ground" was soft and mushy and had a strange and faint smell of rot. While the experience was very touristy, the people who lived there were truly happy and friendly, as you'll see from the photos below.
As we drifted off in our boat, the villagers treated us to two songs:
A traditional song:
Followed by their rendition of "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" !