|Located between Bolivia and Peru, Lake Titicaca is most fascinating. It is situated at at over 3800 meters above sea level, and the tour was definitely an unforgettable experience. When visiting Lake Titicaca, we stayed at Puno which is the best place to stay, on the Peruvian side of the lake. The town of Puno is an interesting place to visit as it is the capital of folklore of Peru. It also has a beautiful old cathedral, and it is close to Macchu Picchu and Cusco which constitutes the next stage of our trip.
Lake Titicaca is a sacred place for the Inca civilization, as the Incan mythology says that the first Inca king, Manco Capac, was born here. According to the Incan mythology, this is the place where the world was created from, when the god Viracocha came out of the lake and created the sun, the stars and the first people. There were many places to discover on the shore of Lake Titicaca, as well as on the many islands that exist on the lake.
We had a visit to the locals whom live on the reed islands, were dressed as they dressed then had to endure at least ten minutes of high pressure sales.... they say they are poor and rely on tourist income but at $70 US dollars a pop for a table runner I was myself considering asking for a job!!
It was interesting though to see their way of life and learn how they sustain the reed islands.
After this we took a three-hour ten-knot boat ride to Tequile Island for our second home stay. Maybe not as cultural as the first but enjoyable nonetheless. We had to climb up several hundred meters which may not seem much except for the altitude, to be served a lovely Quinoa sopa (a type of grain. It was very delicious). By 4pm we then hiked 1.2 km to the top of (phonetic) soocha-mamma to watch the sunset.... how perfect this world can be :)
That night we were dressed once again in local clothes and escorted by our Papas and Mamas (hosts) to a native dance and boy what fun....
The walk home was a challenge in pitch dark over rocky land having no idea what lay ahead... though I was pleasantly distracted by a very drunk local whom suddenly slipped down into a potato field.... even our Papa was in fits of laughter!!
Did I mention how COLD it is?