Lake Titicaca, Puno, Peru.
Lake Titicaca is one of the most interesting places in Peru, as we all know Machu Picchu is the most attractive touristic zone, but if you have the opportunity to go Peru take your time and go to visit this awesome place.
This lake is considered one of the most important in South America; its waters are divided by Peru and Bolivia. It sits 3,811 m (12,500 ft) above sea level and is near to the Andes, also is the highest commercially navigable lake in the world; therefore to get there can be physically stressful, motion sickness if the travel is made by bus is a typical symptom.
The origin of the name Titicaca is unknown until these days but has been translated as “Rock Puma” because of the shape of lake which seems a puma hunting a rabbit.
I traveled with my siblings directly from Cusco and it took eight hours, our travel were made by the night and in this way we didn’t feel the change of height meanwhile we were sleeping.
The lake is so big and has border with many cities throughout Peru and Bolivia, we chose Puno as destination, and the island we visited was called Uros. In fact, I looked up in internet that Puno and Cope Cabana were the best places to appreciate the lake.
We arrived more or less at five am, the bus station was a small one and there were more travel agents than tourist at that hour. This meant lots of people had Lake Titicaca as tourist destination.
From the bus station a taxi driver took us toward the lake where a little boat was waiting for us with direction to some of the many little famous islands situated in the middle of the lake.
The journey from the harbor to the islands were amazing, to appreciate the nature full of yellow and green grass accompanied by the Puno city on its back, definitely worth the trip at that point.
Before arrive the islands we were taught some phrases in the Peruan dialect spoken in the islands in order to say hello to the people living there. This people obviously don’t speak Spanish.
Once there we were given an explication of what kind of material the island was made for, what they eat and how they live. Obviously there was a native man speaking Spanish for us in representation of his people.
To talk about how every island is get made it’s not easy because of the very complicated process they follow until get everyone made. Each island from the base until each house is made from the same grass material. In the bottom of the surface piles of mud are collect and tied with the grass, in this way the island is able to float over the water.
The civilization used to eat the food they fish; even they are not more than an hour boat-sailing from Puno, but they prefer to supply the islands by their own way. Besides of the fishing there is one side of each grass straw, in the root side, which is eatable as well and helpful for health and teeth cares. We had the opportunity to eat one of them and it’s like to eat the white side of a coconut having a soft texture and almost not taste.
The civilization living there is very kind, besides of an explication of their lives, they allow us to get in to one of their houses and even play with children, or wear traditional clothes. Also you can buy them some handwork. At the end of the tourist visit, all the women make a row and sing a traditional song and all of this without any price, they only ask you any monetary aim and then you can take one of their all grass-boat-made and enjoy of the trip toward another little island where you will be able to take some snacks previous the return to the Puno’s harbor.
Conclusions: Have you ever read or watched a fairytale, well these islands are from my perspective taken out of a magical one and made all true.
Recommendations: to take a sweater with you, sometimes the weather suddenly changes.
Curiosities: meanwhile we were in the island, some guys ask us to dance with one native girl for a cultural movie recording. We said no, but a German friend of us did it, it was very funny.