Ginny's Adventures 2019 travel blog

decoration on a wall in hotel

I like this weave of island people across from our hotel

looking towards the bar

more decorations

our personal tourboat

want to rent a canoe?

What a strange sight!

now there's a tourboat!

Lake Titicaca map

our section

thatched house

more houses of the island

cooking in a corner

Henry explains how reeds grow

and that white part is edible

roots are cubed, transported and tied back together

reeds laid on roots crisscrossed

a house is built

other houses are built

cooking pot is placed on a flat stone

the people live there

and entertain the big white tourists

boats are built out of reeds

the island is stationary because of rock anchors and ropes tying it...

the little fish they catch and eat!

dried fish, birds, and eggs are main diet

throws they weave tell a story

some are just decorative

inside of one of the houses

their boat for tourists

they sang and shook our hands

kids are climbing the structure

aah - they are for tourists!

cooking up a potato stew

strange sculptures must be their hobbies!

2nd island family welcoming us

There's a baby in there

a married couple on this island

another baby

colorful pom poms means woman is single

brown or black means married

me dressed up

Connie was with me

all of us in costume

everybody in the picture

ready to go for a boat ride

a big send off

Eddie is our driver

the other half of our group on the contiki

Janet took a pic of our boat

that is a medical facility!

our hotel from the water

grebes excited Henry because of their numbers

ruddy duck

a college not used!

Lake Titicaca is navigable via ferry

practical rowboats

and tourist fun boats

a celebration in the park in Puno


Carolyn rides in style

so do Janet and Kike!

our room has a big picture window

with a great view

and a terrace below - wild guinea pig

another one and others found on our afternoon walk

little birds

colorful sparrow


the endless hallway!

sunset over Lake Titicaca

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singing You Are My Sunshine to natives

After breakfast, we walked down from the hotel to an enclosed tourist boat to see the floating islands in a bay near us. We were greeted by members of a family living on an island, and they explained how the islands are built.

At the end of the rainy season, the roots of the tall reeds float! The people cut the roots into cubes and transport them to their island to either replace old ones or add on to their island or build a completely new one. They have to tie the cubes back together, then lay reeds on top of the roots. So, the roots are 6 feet thick and the reeds are 3 feet thick before laying down reeds as a foundation to their thatched houses. They put a clay dome on a stone and use it to produce fire to cook their food. They eat little fish and bird eggs and birds and reeds and potatoes from the mainland. Because these people sit so much to make their goods to sell, they are so much bigger than the Peruvian people we have been seeing. So we are encouraged to buy stuff from them instead of leaving them tips.

After the presentation, the people took us two by two to their house to show us the inside of one. I ended up by myself, so it was only me that saw her "market". I bought a bracelet for a little money, but I lost that bracelet before too long because it came untied when I didn't know it!

Next, we went to another floating island where they had us dress in their outfits and have pictures taken. We were given a ride on a replica of the boats they used to use, filled with plastic bottles now to make the boats last longer. I chose the single canoe style boat instead of the con-tiki style boat. That ride cost each of us $10 Soles (about $3.50) and we were taken to another island where we could get our passports stamped for 1 Sol. We got back into our tourist boat and went to the village for lunch.

We had a free afternoon at the hotel, so Cindy and I walked outside for a bit looking for birds. We saw a yellow woodpecker which was identified for us as an Andean Flicker. We also saw quite a few wild guinea pigs. Sunset was okay, but the view outside our room is spectacular!

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