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Aug 28, 2010 - Lake Titicaca, Peru

We jumped in a little motor boat today to sail across to the floating islands. They are so bizarre. Originally it was single families living on boats and they all started rafting up to make little towns of floating reeds! The island we visited had about 70 people living on it, the neighbouring island has a school and a medical centre! The people wear their traditional clothing, particularly the older generation. (big skirts and colourful blouses). They do the hard sell on the tourists of course, it is their main source of income but their...

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Bec's Adventure 2010

Aug 20, 2010 - Puno & Lake Titicaca, Peru 3827 m. (12,628 ft.)

One of easiest border crossings...short taxi then bus to Puno. Countryside along lake flat, lots of agric and grazing...sheep, cattle, cows...small farmsteads and small villages all along the way. Stayed in Hostel Inn Los Pinos...very nice, helpful folks. Used their connections to arrange tours, easiest and in the end, cheapest way to see alot in short time we found...after much investigation! 8/21 Two tour trips in one day. Floating islands of Uros people and Sillustani, a burial place with many huge tower-like structures of huge,...

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South America Plus

Jul 9, 2010 - Puno, Lake Titicaca

Puno er en havneby ved Lake Titicaca, verdens stoerste hoejtbeliggende soe (3800 m hoejde). Den er kendt for dens sivoer, som de lokale indfoedte i sin tid byggede for at flytte fra Inkaerne. Vi tog en tre timers baadtur rundt paa sivoerne. Det var virkelig imponerende at gaa rundt paa oer udelukkende bygget op af siv med sivhuse, baade, taarne osv.., men det kammede over til en serioes turistfaelde, da vi paa en tvungen sejltur i en sivbaad maatte udsaettes for boernesang paa 8 forskellige sprog blot for at hive yderligere penge op ad...

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Jul 7, 2010 - Peru - Puno and Lake Titicaca

Hi all, Hope all well back home. We had a welcome day back in Cuzco on July 6th to soothe our aches and pains from the Inca Trail - had probably the best (and most necessary) massage ever! Managed a bit of culture with a visit to the Sun Temple - built by the Incas and originally covered in gold, but the visiting Spaniards put paid to that and removed anything worth nicking. We had a really good guide who showed us all the original Inca stonework (more interesting than it perhaps sounds) - the ´bricks´are perfectly slotted together with no...

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Rolene On Tour

Jun 11, 2010 - Puno, Peru

Puno, Puno, Puno. What can I say about your town? I really liked the hotel that I stayed in, so that is a bonus. We took a bus from Bolivia, had to get out of the bus, walk into the office to get out of Bolivia and Jenny and Matt were shuffled into another line. I got a stamp and walked out towards the bus. I was about to jump back on the bus and a local couple motioned for me to walk across with the universal walk sign with their hands. I thought, okay. I have to walk across the border. I walked and walked and looked back but not Jenny and...

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Jun 3, 2010 - Lake Titicaca Tourist Traps

Today we went on a very touristy boat cruise to two islands. The Uros Islands was our first stop and are about 20 minutes by boat from Puno. The islands are floating and made from the reeds. Every few years they have to be replaced. Each island is home to one extended family who live in one room reed shacks. There main income is from tourism,fishing and weaving. The island we visited was very small and I couldn't help but think you would have to get on well with your whanau to survive the lifestyle. At least on the Uros Islands men and...

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Adios Amigos 2010

Jun 1, 2010 - Lake Titicaca - Puno (Peru) and the reed islands of Uros

After our arrival into Puno last night on the Orient Express, we awoke to a beautiful day in this lovely city perched on Lake Titicaca. We headed out onto the lake to visit the Uros Islands, a community of floating islands made from water reeds. The Uros Islanders have lived on these islands since pre-Inca times, their culture surviving the years of civil unrest simply by being perceived as having nothing of value. These island homes are all man-made using harvested reeds. Approximately 1 metre deep of the reed's root systems are collected...

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May 24, 2010 - Lake Titicaca

I have just returned from Lake Titicaca, this has probably been the most interesting part of the trip so far for learning about cultural customs and traditions. Theres some weird ones... but over all from what I saw their lifestyle was pretty tranquil, hard- but fairly peaceful. I went to 2 islands, tequila island (not at all related to the drink) & an island which I think was called Aretiana where we stayed over night. Both islands don´t have any police, they sort out elections by a show of hands and they are divided into smaller...

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Kellys Month Off!

May 22, 2010 - Lake Tititititicaca

Lake Titi is one of those things you sort of have to see in Peru and Bolivia. However we hadn´t heard great reports so we decided to see it by doing a two day tour, spending a night on one of the islands. This unsurprisingly involved some significant boat trips, not exactly Lucy´s forte but she coped very well. First we stopped at Las Islas Flotantes. They are AMAZING!! Islands made totally out of grass which people actually live on. And the people that live on them are like people out of a colourful, crazy little fairytale....all fat and...

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May 2, 2010 - blijven drijven

Na een heerlijke nacht werden we gewekt door caty en is het tijd voor het ontbijt en afscheid. met de boot naar de uros eilanden beter bekend als de drijvende eilanden, hebben hun naam niet gestolen want bestaan uit enkele meters riet die liggen op blokken rot riet die drijven op het meer.Na een korte rondleiding nog een picknick en terug naar puno om daar de omgeving nog wat te verkennen en te relaxen

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May 1, 2010 - Op een bijna onbewoond eiland

Om 8 uur op de boot naar taquille island, een eiland in het titicacameer waar de mensen nog leven op de traditionele manier. hier kregen we lunch, hadden keuze uit vis of vis, leven tenslotte in het meer. Daarna nog wat rondgewandeld op het eiland met zicht op het meer. terug op de boot nr luquina, een piepklein eiland op 4 uur varen van het vasteland.We werden ondergebracht bij verschillende families , ik en jimmy verbleven bij de familie arsenico, heel vriendelijke mensen die maar een paar wooreden engels spraken en wij spraken maar een...

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Apr 30, 2010 - steeds verder

Om 8 uur in de bus naar puno, meer dan 7 uur reizen. Puno is de stad gelegen aan het titicacameer:spijtig wel dat het regent. rond het meer is alles weer ingepalmd door de commercie maar wij wilden dit vermijden en gaan dus ni rond het meer maar in het meer ( alle morgen dan toch ) eerst lunch in puno en dan naar de supermarkt want wij moesten een gift kopen voor de familie waarbij wij gingen logeren op het eiland

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